The murder mystery project is excellent for 2nd year students finishing up preterite vs imperfect usage or for 3rd year students as a review of the concept. Students create their own powerpoint murder mystery where they present the victim, 3 suspects and the crime scene. Using preterite and imperfect they include motives, locations, descriptions, personality characteristics in a creative and unique presentation. I assign this project in pairs but a student could easily complete it alone. Students present their mysteries to classmates in powerpoint and peers can make their guess to arrest before the last slide gets revealed. This project won an award as a Missouri Best Lesson Showcase project. Project instructions are in English, model examples in Spanish, project could be easily adapted to Passe Compose/Imparfait usage in French. Murder Mystery Project by Barbara Davis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Absolutely awesome. My students loved doing this and several groups actually featured themselves in a clue-like setting. Photoshopping photos, etc, it was hilarious. They were focussed and it was an awesome review of preterit and imperfect.
I loved this assignment, and my students really enjoyed it. . the only thing that would make it better would be a rubric.
April 5, 2012
This is the best product I've purchased from TPT. Although it lacks a rubric for the final presentation, I imagine that individual classrooms are so different from one another that such a presentation rubric would have to be modified frequently. My students have had a great time with their stories. AND they've gotten the verb tenses correct (mostly)! Well done!
February 20, 2012
I have already purchased this project and the kids are having a good time with it. Just curious though...is there an overall rubric? Or a grading scale for the final project?
I LOVE this idea. I have done something similar in a much smaller, one class period oral exercise, with horrible results, but this is amazing! I can't wait to use it with my Spanish II students. My only critique is that the font kind of makes it seem out-dated, but that's such a small thing it doesn't affect my complete LOVE of this project.
Thank you so much for the kind feedback. I agree the font is indeed outdated, I did it deliberately as I was trying to emulate the old typewriter font that a detective might have used pre-word processor to write a crime report. I guess the message of outdated came through, just not the way I had hoped. :) My kids really enjoy this project too, especially the end slide where they get to guess whodunnit!
January 31, 2011
Don't think this should be listed under French when it's mostly in Spanish. I feel misled.
I am truly sorry if you were not satisfied. I did mention that the model was in Spanish in the product description.
Here is the piece from the paragraph describing the lesson:
"Project instructions are in English, model examples in Spanish, project could be easily adapted to Passe Compose/Imparfait usage in French."
18 years teaching experience in High School Foreign language. (Spanish I,II,III,IV, French I,II,III) 3 years teaching evening Portuguese classes at Washington University. Working on MaED bilingual/ELL certification at Edgewood College.