Making a Murderer Writing Assessments

Making a Murderer Writing Assessments
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Making a Murderer Writing Assessments (Season 1)

Engage your students in meaningful debate and critical-thinking exercises using my materials for teaching "Making a Murderer," the popular Netflix® documentary about Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. Students will not only view and analyze the episodes, but they will read and research primary documents. This is nonfiction your students will WANT to read, research, dissect, and evaluate.

**This resource IS included in my Making a Murderer Complete Teaching Unit (Season 1, Episodes 1-10).**

Making a Murderer Writing Assessments includes:

- Informative/Explanatory research-based final writing assessment with rubric

- Argumentative writing assessment with graphic organizer and rubric

- Close-reading and summarizing writing prompt with rubric

The zipped folder contains separate Microsoft Word files (.doc and .docx) as well as a PDF version.

The editable versions can be used for a paperless activity by sharing it on a secured site such as Google Classroom or Edmodo. Perfect for the flipped classroom or if you'd like to customize the activities for your students.

I used the writing assessments in place of a final exam for my students at the conclusion of the unit.


Use this resource in conjunction with the following Making a Murderer materials:

Making a Murderer Complete Teaching Unit (Season 1, Episodes 1-10) (This file is included in the unit.)

Making a Murderer Presentation for Episodes 1-10 (Who’s Who in the Documentary)

Making a Murderer Pre-Viewing Anticipation Guide and Questions

Making a Murderer Questions and Analysis for Season 1, Episodes 1-10 (This file is included in this resource.)

Making a Murderer Vocabulary Exercises Episodes 1-10 Season 1

Making a Murderer Episode Analysis Questions for ANY Episode

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Why use "Making a Murderer" in the classroom?
- Hooks and engages students
- Students participate in lively discussions and debates
- Practices critical-thinking skills
- Practices problem-solving skills
- It's relevant right now

PLEASE NOTE: I use this with high school upperclassmen. Because of the content of the series, use your discretion to decide if it is appropriate for your students. The series is rated for audiences ages 14 and up, but it may not be suitable for your students/school community. I highly recommend using permission slips for parent consent.


Created and Copyrighted by Tracee Orman

DISCLAIMER: This resource is not affiliated with the producers of “Making a Murderer,” Netflix™, the families or people involved, or any of the previous-mentioned partners or associates. It is for EDUCATIONAL purposes only.

The NGA Center/CCSSO are the sole owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards © Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.
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