Project: Criminal Minds

Teacher: Tim Overman
School: Highland Park High School
Location: Topeka, Kansas USA
Start Date: 03/14/2011
End Date: 05/13/2011
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

No work will be done on the project during the students Spring Break (March 21-25)


Project is designed to be a case history of a noted serial killer in which the students trace the subjects past to the death or present situation. Background knowledge is essential in the case work to uncover possible clues into the mind of the subject. The student will record detailed background information and make an hypothesis, propose analysis of what led to the abnormal behavior and conclude with what they think led to the behavior and the crimes.


Learning to make a case study (History) Learning to use the Scientific Approach in the Casework Hypothesize to what behavior led to the crime or crimes based on background research Analyze the conditions that surrounded the subject that may have influenced the behavior Make a conclusion based on your research about the subject to determine the various mental abnormalities that exist or existed in the subjects mind



Grade Level:


Content Area:

Psychology and Sociology

Student Outcomes:

The student will develop a well organized case history on a infamous serial killer The Student will write a very detailed reseach and analysis on what led to this confused state of the mind The student will gain insight into the criminal mind

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

The student will be graded on how well the information is organized in chronilogical order from childhood to death or current status The student will recieve 60% of their grade on what is recorded in the Case Study, 30% on the Hypothesis and Analysis and 10% on the conclusion Failure to complete the assignment will result in an F Failure to work with the mentor will result in a failed grade This project is the students final

Teacher Role:

Maintaining assistance to the student on my end and making sure the student is on task and working toward the set goal

Mentor Role:

To have contact twice a week (School day) - Monday (10:50 - 11:30) and Thursday (9:45 - 11:00) These times are not set in stone yet. The students have a short 45 minute period on Monday and a 90 minute period on Thursday (not exact on times yet) Will get back with you next week.