Project based learning: Who Assassinated JFK: PBL & mystery activity

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Kathleen Applebee
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7th - 12th
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Despite the passage of half a century conspiracy theories abound. Who shot President Kennedy? Can your group finally solve the mystery?

Students become a historic person from 1963 while getting to the bottom of the assassination. No acting experience or knowledge of police procedures are necessary for the activity to be a success. Students examine primary documents and do research to examine this event.

Five different scenarios are included, each with a different set of clues (some are actual primary and secondary sources) and a unique ending. Three are for groups of 6 to 10 people,

Scenario 5 - large group, Civil Rights scenario for 14-28 players, lesson planning information and 55 slide Power Point. This gives students and authentic reason to research and analyze Cold War events during Kennedy's tenure as president.

Included are character dossiers, a director packet with complete instructions, lesson plans, Power Point and the clues. If this is being used as a drama club activity, suggestions for set, props and casting the roles make it easy for even a first-time director. Preview contains sample character dossiers and the general director’s packet.

Some of the characters included are Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Marilyn Monroe, Howard Hunt, Cord Meyers, Marina Oswald, Jackie Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King, George Wallace, Nikita Krushchev and John and Nellie Connally.

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