The murder mystery is a great genre to engage reluctant readers and delight voracious readers alike. The genre lends itself well to the practice of making and verifying predictions as well.
This murder mystery game is based on the classic novel by Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None.
Each chapter is summarized--shrunk from many pages to 3-6 half-pages each. It can be printed onto a double-sided 8.5"x11" page and then folded. The result gives the game a booklet feel. The chapters can then be distributed to students serially.
Each chapter is accompanied by questions for your student-detectives to predict. Reading the next chapter reveals the answers. Points are scored. Students get very excited to find the answers and calculate their points.
Note: Print the file double-sided. See the preview for an example. The first two "pages" would print on the front and back of one piece of paper. After folding, the four pages will be in the correct order.
There are 3 PDF files included in the zip file:
- STORY: the actual edited story, in chapters, that students read. 56 booklet pages on 14 pieces of paper.
- QA: the question and answer half-pages as well as a single-page graphic organizer that also folds and can be added to the end of the story booklet. 10 booklet pages on 5 pieces of paper & 4 booklet pages on 2 pieces of paper.
- TCHR: a teacher-only copy of all questions and answers in one place. 7 booklet pages on 2 pieces of paper.
I've used a version of this game four years running, and students become incredibly invested in the story. Excitement for getting the next chapter in their hands is palpable!