This is a new spin on a classic "crime or accident" case. Slip or Trip, is sure to engage your students! Think CSI, Cold Case, The First 48...many of our students live for these shows!
In content and instructional strategies, this common core aligned lesson is designed to help students who generally have a penchant to write opinion-based persuasive essays, to discover how to think critically and write an argumentative essay based on the facts. This is a great lesson to get students started in the direction of argumentative writing and ultimately help students construct a well formed argument.
A combination of 10 reflective questions and exercises guide students as they work as an investigative duo to figure out whether Arthur Wolfrik's death was unintentional or intentional. Students are challenged not only to gather evidence from the text in the form of a recorded statement, but a photograph of the crime scene, table from the FBI and pie graph from the CDC all of which expand upon their informational literacy skills.
After completing the exercises, the team is required to compose a final report to the DA’s office. The writing of the 5 paragraph report is very structured or some might dare to say formulaic as it employs sentence stems, transitions, and underscores a clear pattern in essay writing.
This lesson explicitly teaches the Integration of Knowledge and Key Ideas as well as Text-Based Writing. The 7-page worksheet packet is accompanied by a corresponding 14-slide PowerPoint presentation for whole group guided instruction and modeling using the think-aloud strategy.