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This lesson is designed to help teach the use of primary and secondary sources in History. It is really fun and students love it. Students love to argue with other students about their different theories about who the murderer is... or was it an accident? (The truth is, there are multiple answers! Just like in history, how there are multiple ways to interpret primary and secondary sources)
This bundle includes the murder mystery file, a worksheet for students to record their notes and a powerpoint to help introduce the content. There even a lesson plan thrown in to help you scaffold teaching the class.
This lesson requires some preparation. You will need some time to print out the murder mystery case files. If you want to use this year after year (which I do), you might want to print out the file page by page and laminate each page. This allows students to highlight information, which you can erase afterwards - and it also saves you printing it out for multiple classes.
Duration of lesson: I have run this lesson for 30 minutes, all the way up to 75 minute classes.
I hope you enjoy this lesson, because my students love it and talk about it years later.