Looking for a fun and creative way for students to demonstrate their knowledge AND understanding of the literary text? In numerous novels and short stories, crime breaks out. Your students will love to stretch their imaginations in response to the text – they love that this makes literature come alive! You will love that this activity is text-based and standards-driven! All you will to do to assign this activity is print and go or send out the digital link (included in the PDF download) for students to use in Google. Your students will need a copy of the text for citations. This would even be excellent for a quick sub plan
Student Experience: This is a fun, creative, real-world, text-based activity that works wonderfully where a crime scene is central to the conflict and plot. Along with summary, it requires students to make inferences beyond the surface details as they step into the role of crime scene investigators, collect evidence, analyze suspects, and make an assertion of guilt. Students will use citations from the text to complete both pages of the investigator's form and evidence log. This activity requires students to recall facts, but also make inferences beyond the surface details so you can see if they truly did understand the magnitude of the crime and its role in the story This is sure to pique the interest of even the most reluctant of your students.
-Look into the King Duncan’s murder in Macbeth.
-Determine who’s guilty in Glaspell’s play Trifles.
-Leave no stone unturned as you trace the public murder of Giles Corey in The Crucible.
-How did Wilson murder Gatsby in The Great Gatsby?
- Trace the clues in "A Rose for Emily" to see just how this jaded lover killed the man she didn't want to let go of.
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Classroom success stories from other teachers who have loved this resource:
♥ "Great product! This is a fun supplement to any text - We used it with "The Veldt" to determine blame for the deaths of the Hadleys. My students are looking forward to repeating the activity with another text at a later date!"
♥ "I used this resource during a semester long Forensic Science PBL with 2nd and 3rd graders. This was a great way to tie our PBL into ELA and note taking and essay writing . Loved it!"
♥ "A great addition to my Detective Theme!"
♥ "Many students said this was their favorite activity we did with our novel!"
♥ "I really like that you can use this for ANY piece of literature, and the price is great!"
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