Princess Bride Mystery Party
The lesson is designed to be taught before beginning the novel, The Princess Bride. Another alternative is to introduce the activity after students have read up through chapter 3 (“The Courtship”).
What has happened to Princess Buttercup? Similar to a “mystery party,” students take on the role of different characters from the book, record clues in a graphic organizer as they listen to others reveal what they know, and try to solve what has happened to the missing princess. This activity sets the stage for students to write a 1-2 page scene about what they think has occurred.
This lesson can also be coupled with a review around the rules of writing dialogue which students are required to include in their scene.
This lesson includes the following materials:
• A description of how to structure the lesson
• A handout that sets up the scenario along with directions for the writing assignment that follows
• Character statements for seven characters from the novel including a Lady in Waiting, the Man in Black, Count Rugen, Prince Humperdinck, Queen Bella, the Sicilian and a Royal Subject.
• A graphic organizer for students to record notes and clues about what happened to the princess as they listen to each character