HISTORY MYSTERY The Tollund Man Murder Mystery - Primary evidence detectives!

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Get your students thinking and working like historians with this lesson!

I have used this lesson for several years as part of a project on developing history skills in my pupils. Students have to infer and reach a reasoned judgement based on the evidence at hand. This includes primary sources in the form of artefacts and secondary reports.

The class works in pairs to decide why and how the man found in the peat bog in Denmark died. They assess the evidence to decide whether it was:

- Murder

- Suicide or Sacrifice (you can choose the most appropriate option depending on the needs of your students)

- Illness/natural causes.

The evidence is not given to them all at once, instead the teacher drip feeds it throughout the lesson. This is in a bid to challenge preconceived ideas and see if pupils will change their minds when faced with new information or sources.

The last task is to write a paragraph or more (a bit like a DBQ) explaining what the different options were and what they believe happened to Tollund Man based on the evidence they have collated. There is a very basic outline that can be used if it is wanted but students are encouraged to write their views based on the evidence in their own way using PEEL. The final piece can be marked using the grade boundaries on the end slide.

The lesson fits with the common core requirement for students to analyse, evaluate and consider causation. The grade boundaries/descriptors are skills based: i.e: identify, then describe then explain then evaluate at the top end of ability.

The zip file contains:

- fully animated powerpoint

- Clues from the crime scene worksheet

- Answer table worksheet with choice of options

- WH questions worksheet.

- Full lesson plan description

My classes have had great fun with this lesson. It can stand alone or be used part of a project on historical skills. If you like this method you may also be interested the following 'history mystery' resource in my store:

Why did the Great fire of London spread so far and so fast?

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For the written task you may also like to look at this:

PEEL paragraph Placemat

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Other history mysteries available in my store include:

WHY DID THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON SPREAD SO FAR AND SO FAST?

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WHO WAS JACK THE RIPPER?

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THE MARY CELESTE HISTORY MYSTERY

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TIME TEAM – WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM ARTIFACTS?

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HISTORY MYSTERIES BUNDLE!

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I hope you find this useful and enjoyable and that your students have as much fun as mine have over the years!

Thanks

© A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches), 2014

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Keywords:

history skills social studies mystery cause critical thinking evidence sources argument

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Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.

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