Having trouble getting your students involved in reading, making inferences, and finding and using textual evidence to support their claims? What better way than with a video game!
This interactive fiction allows your students to choose and name their own male or female character and delve right into solving a murder mystery committed at a fancy party! In this game, *everyone* is a suspect! Students will collect textual evidence by talking to the partygoers and presenting them with physical evidence of the crime, in order to establish motives, evidence, or counter-evidence for each of the party guests.
With over 8 characters to interact with, more than 10 pieces of evidence, and over 80 unique dialogue responses to different evidence and lines of questioning, there are plenty of interactions available for students to comb through, looking for probable cause, disproving alibis, and establishing character credibility.
Students will love taking on the role of a detective and trying to crack this case!
-the complete video game, with all graphics, sound effects, dialogue, etc. (with versions for Mac and Windows) -- just extract/unzip and click to play!
-work packet to complete, with instructions
-printables to assist students in filling out the work packet
-an excel sheet with all of the characters' dialogue options, as well as a completed sample of the motive, evidence, and counter-evidence for every single character
-a vocabulary reference sheet to complete (to help out ESL students with difficult or important terms or words they might encounter)
This game can be run in class, with each student playing the game on their own, or it can be played as a whole class directing the teacher (who is in control) where to go and what to do. It can also be assigned for homework for students to complete over the weekend.
This is an excellent resource for ESL students who have been learning intensively for a year or more!
In fact, this game was so successful and engaging, that kids OUTSIDE of my class asked for me to put it on their computers, and I noticed a number of them playing it during their recess time!
NOTE: The true murderer is not revealed at the end of the game (in order to prevent cheating, etc.). To find out who the murderer is, as well as their motive, evidence, etc., please review the answer key.