Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (8-11-2016)

Period 1 - Criminal Behavior

Today’s Topic –

The Seven Theories on Why We Commit Crime

Teaching Objective –

Students will be introduced to identifying, analyzing, and then appropriately classifying cases using the seven key theories on why we commit crime.

Classroom Rules:

Mr Tylers Classroom Room (V2)

Teaching Agenda –


Warm Up (5 minutes)

Head over to and enter room “A89559b4”

Results – *pending*


Task #1 (Individually) –

Quick reminder about – My website is an integral part of my class experience. I will remind you how it works on the computer and on your cell phones.


Task #3 (Individually) –


Quick review of the seven key theories again.

Slide show = Why Commit Crime – 7 Key Theories


Task #4 (Individually) –

Read through The Jeremy Scenario.  On the paper provided write down which theory you think best explains why Jeremy committed a crime along with a reason why you think the theory you choose best explains his actions.

Student Work Example from Fall 2015: (Click/Tap image to enlarge) The theory in the image below was developed by Marissa.

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Task #5 (Individually) –

Download the following document and save it as “7 Key Theory Video Practice – Period 1 – Your Name” then share it to We are going to now look at several real case videos of crime being perpetrated and practicing assessing why the individuals were breaking the law.

Downloadable .doc -> 7 Key Theories – Video Practice


Task #6 ( Individually) – 

Step 1:

On your computers create a google doc with the following title: “Period 1 – Your Name – 7 Key Theory Practice Case Study”.

Step 2:

Put your name, date, and period number in the top right hand corner of the document.

Step 3:

On Google search for an article about a criminal. You can choose any criminal that you want. After you find an article you want to read, read through it in entirety.

Step 4:

On your google doc title it the name of the criminal you chose to read about.

Step 5:

Insert or type the hyperlink to the article under the title.

Step 6:

Review the seven key theories as to why people commit crime.

Step 7:

You will now be writing an academic paragraph (10 sentences or more) about the criminal explaining what they did, stating which key theory best explains why they committed their crime(s), and explaining the evidence of their case that supports which theory you chose.

Step 8:

Time depending this assignment is due before you leave. Remember Google docs are time stamped.


Task #7 (Individually) – 

Download the PDF file below to your digital reference notebook. You are going to use it in today’s case study.

Downloadable PDF -> Organized vs Disorganized Killer Chart


Task #8 (Individually) – 

Now we are going to look at the case of H.H. Holmes. He was America’s first recognized serial killer who was operating prior to and during Jack the Ripper’s time in White Chapel, England.  During the case study we are going to take observational notes. Create a Google Doc in your account titled “Period 1 – Your Name – H.H. Holmes Case Study”. In this document create two columns. The column on the left will be labeled “Key Theory Evidence” the one on the right will be labeled ” Organized/Disorganized evidence”.


Task #9 (Individually)-

After getting familiar with H.H. Holmes case, time permitting, we are going to practice utilizing Costa’s Levels of Questioning to examine the case further and force ourselves to think more closely about the evidence.

Downloadable PDF -> costas-levels-of-thinking-and-questioning


Task #10 (Individually) –

Lastly, now that we have gotten familiar with the case, examined the evidence, and taken observational evidence you are going to write a full academic paragraph analyzing H.H. Holmes in the google doc you created Task #5. In this paragraph you will state which theory best explains why he turned to crime and if he was predominantly an organized or disorganized killer. An example of how to start your paragraph can be found below…..

“H.H. Holmes was predominantly a _________ killer whose behavior is best explained by ________ Theory. Sentence of supporting evidence 1. Sentence of supporting evidence 2. Sentence of supporting evidence 3.”

Ticket Out the Door

On an index card please answer the following questions.

  1. What was the theory you chose to explain H.H. Holmes?
  2. What was the key piece of evidence that made you chose your theory?
  3. What type of killer did you decide he was?
  4. What was the key piece of evidence that made you chose your theory?

Homework –

Study your vocabulary for a quiz tomorrow morning

Look over the website:

C.C.S.S. –

RH 11-12.2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.