Rachael Haverstick, Matthew Bishop
Criminal Justice
Material Type:
High School
Career Education and Work, Career Exploration, Career Readiness, Career and College Readiness, career-education-and-work, career-exploration
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Crime Scene Investigation Career Exploration

Crime Scene Investigation Career Exploration


Middle and High School educators from across Lebanon County, Pennsylvania developed lesson plans to integrate the Pennsylvania Career Education and Work Standards with the content they teach. This work was made possible through a partnership between the South Central PA Workforce Investment Board (SCPa Works) and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) and was funded by a Teacher in the Workplace Grant Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. This lesson plan was developed by one of the talented educators who participated in this project during the 2019-2020 school year.


Title of Lesson: Crime Scene Investigation Career Exploration

Course Name: Crime Scene Investigation

Grade Level: 11th -12th

Author’s Name: Matthew Bishop

Author’s School District: Annville Cleona School District

PA Academic Standards for Reading & Writing in Science & Technical Subjects

CC.3.6: Writing: Students write for different purposes and audiences. Students write clear and focused text to convey a well-defined perspective and appropriate content.

CC.3.6.11-12.BWrite informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

PA Academic Standards for Career Education and Work

13.1: Career Awareness and Preparation

13.1.11.A. Relate careers to individual interests, abilities, and aptitudes.

13.1.11.B. Analyze career options based on personal interests, abilities, aptitudes, achievements, and goals.

13.1.11.C. Analyze how the changing roles of individuals in the workplace relate to new opportunities within career choices.

13.1.11.E. Justify the selection of a career.

Learning Objectives
  • What are the jobs performed by a CSI team?
  • What career path could affect your life?
  • Research and analyze different forensic occupations.
Conceptual Background

Students have already chosen their careers and spent a class period researching (Top Forensic Science Career Guide) and working on their presentations in order to present to the class

Instructional Procedure
45 minutes (one period)

Students present their projects highlighting on their new-found knowledge of a CSI career

  • education level needed
  • pay/salary
  • day to day responsibilities
  • employment opportunities
  • what crime scenes they are involved with and their level of involvement

** These must be detailed enough for everyone to understandDuring each presentation, students will take notes in order to analyze and compare all of the career options presented by other students.

45 minutes  (one period)

Students will write a reflective essay that addresses the following:

  • Explain how the presentations enhanced your learning.
  • The most difficult CSI career to perform and explain why.
  • The most difficult CSI career to actually obtain a job in and why.
  • The career you would find the most financially rewarding and why.
  • The CSI career that you would like to have and why.

*If students have not already had instruction on writing a basic informational essay, a mini lesson or lessons may be needed

Formative Assessment
  • Formal In-Class Presentation

  • Reaction Paper on Presentations
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