lesson focus

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Freedom
  • Care and compassion
  • Integrity

Expectations and goals

  • Students to revise the role and purpose of Crime Stoppers in society
  • Students are to discuss what positive changes Crime Stoppers has had on our society and our country

learning experiences

Classroom Ideas

  1. Introduce the concept of Crime Stoppers to students by having them brainstorm their prior knowledge of the organisation.
  2. Provide students with access to the Crime Stoppers KWL chart (Resource 1 below) and ask them to complete.
    Refresh students with what Crime Stoppers main aim in society is. Ask students to review the Crime Stoppers website
  3. Hold a class discussion around the following questions:
    1. How do we as citizen’s report to Crime Stoppers?
    2. Is it anonymous or do we have to give our details?
    3. Do we really need to report information to Crime Stoppers – won’t other people do it?When discussing this last point talk about responsibility and placing yourself in someone else’s shoes.
  4. Discuss with students some of the positive changes that Crime Stoppers has had on our society and our country. Ask students to create a letter to the head of Crime Stoppers requesting they start another advertising campaign on an issue that is important to you and that you think should be addressed by Crime Stoppers. Tell students to include in their letter their reason why, quoting some crime statistics, personal reasons, laws, and values.
  5. Hold a class discussion on the topic, ‘Has Crime Stoppers made society a safer place to live?’ Pose the following questions to the students:
    1. Why, why not?
    2. How could it be adapted to make it better?
    3. Should it be a national website instead of separate states?
  6. Ask students to view all of the Crime Stoppers websites – those of WA and other states. Facilitate a class discussion on the websites using the following questions:
    1. How do the other Crime Stoppers websites differ from the Western Australian one
    2. Are the types of crimes similar or different
    3. If so, why or why not?
    4. Are the types of crime specific to a certain time of the year? Is there a pattern?
    5.  Are the campaigns aligned to certain times of the year?
  7. Ask students to write a story about a crime that is about to be committed by a fictitious character.
    1. Instruct them to complete the following steps:Look at the Crime Stoppers website and select one of the crimes that can be reported
    2. Draft the story by completing the Crime story map (Resource 2 below)
    3. Review and revise draft copy to complete and submit final copy of the story. This can also include illustrations.
  8. Explain the rationale of why students are undertaking this unit of work.
    The rationale of students undertaking this program is to allow students to develop an understanding of how important they are and how valuable their actions and contributions can be in maintaining and shaping our society. By knowing how to be a good citizen, students are able to enhance their sense of belonging to their society

lesson focus questions

  1.  How do we as citizen’s report to Crime Stoppers?
  2.  Is it anonymous or do we have to give our details?
  3.  Do we really need to report information to Crime Stoppers – won’t other people do it?
  4.  Why is Crime Stoppers so important to WA and Australia?
  5.  What has Crime Stoppers achieved for our society?
  6.  Is society a safer place? In what ways?
  7. How could it be adapted to make it better?
  8. Should it be a national website instead of separate states?

assessment tasks

Students to:

  1. Complete the Crime story map (Resource 2)
  2. Submit the final copy of their crime story

download resources and tools

Printable lesson plan [Download Year 9, Lesson 1]

Resource 1:  Crime Stoppers KWL chart [Download Resource 1]

Resource 2: Crime story map [Download Resource 2]