Forensic Science: Teach Direct vs Circumstantial Evidence

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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This resource is designed to teach students the difference between Direct and Circumstantial evidence. It also shows students how unreliable direct evidence (eyewitness testimony) is, and therefore the extreme importance of circumstantial evidence - which is what Forensic Science is all about! 

Resource contains:

Direct vs Circumstantial Evidence Google Slides - 16 slides NO PREP This lesson is student - led, the teacher needs only to give students access! It includes…

  • - an explanation of the difference between direct and circumstantial evidence
  • Ask students to evaluate their own merits as an eyewitness with three short video clips that test student’s observation skills, sure to stump even your most observant students!
  • Three minute news clip from CNN investigating the unreliability of human memory and perception
  • A TedTalk that puts it all together, including the story of how two eyewitnesses put an innocent man behind bars for eight years, and explaining why witnesses so often get it wrong. 
  • Video clips are broken up into parts to allow students to think about and answer built in questions as they go along
  • Ten fill in the blank and processing questions based on the video clips
  • Four open ended questions asking students to evaluate their thoughts as they learn

Six question Google Form: Examples of Direct vs. Circumstantial Evidence - a great way for students to practice identifying examples of Direct vs Circumstantial evidence. It is self-grading!

KEY for Direct vs Circumstantial Evidence Google Slides is also included to make grading easier!

From a happy customer:

"...after grading 92 Direct vs Circumstantial assignments - WOW - I could see the kids change their thinking IN the work. They started out thinking Direct was better and at the end they saw the value of Circumstantial. For an at home assignment to pull out that thinking is just awesome." - Jessica M.

Teachers Guide: Includes tips on how to assign, grade, and collect student work!

This resource is fully editable! Feel free to change anything to fit your own class.

If you have any questions about how to use this resource, do not hesitate to email me!

This resource is part of the Unit 1: Forensics Basics! Here is the full list of the whole Unit!

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Total Pages
34 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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