This has been a huge hit every year. Instead of telling students why the first colonists to Jamestown experienced an 80% death rate the first 10 years, I created this "mystery" in which student try to figure it out themselves using short clues. Each clue is based on real events, though not an actual primary source. Some are journal entries, letters home, news bulletins, etc, arranged in an order to help students start to see a story. Once they analyze the clues and write their paragraph, you can reveal the "real" answer to them, and they write what they got and what they missed. The reveal is always exciting for them. Then there is a follow up activity where they "cite" the clue numbers to make sure they "get it". This is a great activity and ones kids remember if you really hype it up right.