This is a two-day lesson that accompanies any teaching of John Ball's In the Heat of the Night. It is designed to be taught either just before reading Chapter 9 of the novel, or anytime thereafter. Students love real mysteries, and the JonBenét Ramsey ransom note mystery gets them excited and engaged. This product is a zipped file of both a 45-slide PowerPoint file (to present in class over two days) and a Word document file (containing two handouts for students).
An engaging two-day literary close-reading activity, investigating a real unsolved murder mystery, which your students will love. DAY ONE: Examine the Ramsey ransom note, learn some basic literary forensic skills, then on DAY TWO apply those skills to the anonymous letter from _In the Heat of the Night_. I have never had a class who did not perk up when the JonBenét Ramsey unsolved murder case was brought up and explained. I designed this lesson as a great way to recapture students' interest in the novel if it may have flagged since the initial few chapters.
Includes a 45-slide PowerPoint presentation, and a 2-page handout for students to annotate. (While the slide presentation is indeed 45 slides, I think it would be more accurate to say it contains 25 full-content slides, along with the 2-page handout for students.)
In short, this is an engaging activity for students to practice Text-to-Text and Text-to-World connections.
I hope your students gets as excited to investigate a real-life ransom note as mine do, and then take that energy and reinvest it into _In the Heat of the Night_.