Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (3-18-2015)

Criminal Behavior HeaderTopic:

Los Zetas (Mexican Cartel)


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 analyzing the American Mafia known as La Cosa Nostra. Students will be specifically looking at structure, history, and their income sources.

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)


Territory; Sinaloa cartel ; Los Zetas ; Chicano


Task #1 – Quick Quiz on Cosa Nostra

Task #2 – Check in on assignment that is due Friday. Any questions?

Task #3 – Yesterday we saw a story from a man that started working for the Mafia (La Cosa Nostra) at the age of 15 and got to learn a lot about the Mafia. Specifically the way they recruit, live, and operate. Today we wil we be looking at Los Zetas. This is a powerful Mexican Drug Cartel. We will comparing and contrasting the way they operate and recruit against how Cosa Nostra does it today. To begin with we will be looking at a documentary on a boy who started working for Los Zetas at the age of 15.  While we are watching the film you will be taking Cornell Notes to address the question. “What are the similiarties and differences between  Cosa Nostra and Los Zetas.


Downloadable File -> Mexican Drug Cartels – Photos from the War on Drugs

Mexican Cartel Territory Map:

Mexican Cartel Territories

Task #4 – When we are have finished the documentary we will be creating a graphic organizer so sort out our Cornell Notes further.

Student Work Results:

Organized Crime Cosa Nostra vs Los Zetas Graphic Organizer


The assignments, both version #1 (internet access) and version #2 (no internet access) are due this Friday (3-20-2015).

Version #1 – Format ->Criminal Behavior Mob Boss – Write Up

Version #1 – Sign Up Sheet -> Mafia Boss Sign Up Sheet Filled out (3-17-2015) – Mar 17, 2015, 9-19 AM

Version #2 – Format ->  Mob Assignment Version #2 (No Internet Access)