This product is a two week unit that requires students to exercise creative problem solving and interdisciplinary knowledge. The project's premise is that the student is part of a group of spies that needs to help two field agents recover an important document. Students work in teams to plan the mission and write up a report.
This iteration of Spy Wars is based on Dracula. Students use a variety of clues throughout the project to piece together the location of the plans (Carfax Abbey).
This project is designed to be multi-disciplinary. It can work as a grade-level or team endeavor that incorporates science (weapons engineering), mathematics (cryptography), and social studies (cover identities/geography)in addition to English/Language Arts. The report requires students to use multiple intelligences to solve the large problem and to work cohesively with students who have different skill sets in order to successfully complete the assigned tasks.
Most students will require the use of the Internet to complete this project; as such, it can be used as an introduction to research methods. It is not necessary for students to have read the source texts to complete this project.
My students have been completing a Spy Wars project (I use a different theme each year) for several terms; they consistently rank this activity as their favorite project from the entire year.
This file includes all student materials (the "dossier," clues, and task directions), templates for the student report, and an answer key for teachers to assist in grading. The project is divided into components and is extremely flexible; teachers can choose to assign the entire project or select discrete tasks for a 2 or 3 day lesson.