Police Writing Activity for Any (Crime) Story

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8th - 11th
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This real-world writing activity works with any story that includes a crime or misdeed. Students will combine analysis and creative writing to create a police report, interviews and conclusion project for the crime in the text. They will examine the text for details and evidence, consider how much the characters or police would (and would not) know. They will create interviews from existing or fictional characters to build their case. Great fun way to dig deep into the text. This is designed as a group project, including a presentation either filmed or given before the class.

In order to be flexible enough to fit different crimes (injury, theft, murder, etc.) the Incident Reports are general and open in several fields. Interviews can be omitted for a shorter project.

This activity can be done as a culminating project or a mid-text activity.

Alternate #1: Complete the Police Report, Forensic Report Conclusion and presentation. Limit conclusion presentation to Police Briefing or Press Conference.
Alternate #2: Complete only one or more Police Report Templates (Initial Report, Forensic Report, Conclusion Templates)

Student sheet: Writing Style a police report, Writing an Interview, and Assignment Requirements
Student sheet: Writing Style a police report, Writing an Interview, and Assignment Requirements—without Interview requirement
Police Report: Initial Call
Police Report: Forensic Report
Police Report: Conclusion
Presentation of Findings

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