Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (3-5-2015)

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Introduction to Organized Crime


Organized Crime

Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

Students will be able to identify and distinguish the differences between the origins, businesses, terminology, and mentalities of the following organized crime organizations: Russian Mafia, Yakuza, Mexican Cartel, and La Cosa Nostra in 3 of 4 formative assessment trials with 80% accuracy.

Today’s Objective:

Students will gain a fundamental understanding of organized crime mentality, language, and services. We only got to step 3 on your introduction yesterday so we will be doing the activities in this lesson today to finish up our introductions.

Behavioral Norms (Student Developed):

  1. “Respect others opinions”- Selena (20 votes)
  2. “Staying on task” – Israel /Ally/Kenny ( 21 votes)
  3. “Only one person is allowed to talk at a time” – Charles (22 votes)
  4. “If you feel like you are going to lose control or getting irritated you need to let Mr. Tyler know and stand outside his door” – Tyler (23 votes)


Wack, Front, Turf, Hit, Extort, Shake down, Racketeer, boss, underboss, made man


Task #1 – Formal pretest and introduction to Organized Crime. Rather than post all the instructions here today I have made a PPT file for you to download.

Downloadable File -> Directions – Introduction to the Mafia Activities (V3)

Ticket out the Door:

Question:  “Of the mafias you have been briefly introduced to today, which do you think would be the most interesting to learn more about?”


Go ahead and relax tonight for my class. Tomorrow we will go into our first organization for this unit.

C.C.S.S. –

WHST 11-12.4 – Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.