Was Arthur Wolfrik's death the result of an unintentional slip or was he intentionally tripped and pushed down the stairs of his million dollar estate? Slip or Trip is the newest spin on a classic crime or accident case. This multi-day lesson is sure to engage your students in the same way shows like CSI, Cold Case, First 48 and Unsolved Mysteries do!
Students work collaboratively playing the role of two rookie cops who are new to the force and ready to make a name for themselves. 30 reflective exercises guide the investigative duo as they work to collect, analyze, and report on whether Arthur Wolfrik's death was the result of an unintentional slip/fall or an intentional trip that resulted in his untimely death. The pair is tasked with gathering text-based evidence from Ava Wolfrik’s (Arthur’s widow) recorded statement. To expand on students’ information literacy skills, three additional artifacts are put forth to be scrutinized by the team: Artifact #2) photograph of the crime scene where Arthur’s corpse was found sprawled out at the base of the stairs, Artifact #3) a frequency table from the FBI, which displays information on partner/spousal murder rates in 2016 and Artifact #4) a pie graph from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that illustrates categories of causes of mortality among men 65 and older. Upon completing a thorough investigation, the team is required to compose a final report that will be submitted to the chief of police and the district attorney’s office.
This CCSS-aligned lesson explicitly teaches the Integration of Knowledge and Key Ideas as well as Text-Based Writing.
Updated 28 slide PowerPoint slideshow with stunning visuals and clear directions. Best suited for whole group instruction and to model the lesson using the think-aloud method.
Corresponding 28-page student packet (black and white PowerPoint pdf, recommend one packet per cooperative learning pair) Use to record student responses and annotate text and visuals (Tip: print double sided or book style)
Audio Enhanced theatrical reading of Mrs. Ava Wolfrik's Recorded Statement given to officer Jim B. Jones
30 evidence collection, analysis, and reporting exercises for the team to engage in
Introduction to the “No-Struggle” Argumentative Essay Writing Template comprising predeveloped sentence stems and frames used for writing a convincing, multi-paragraph essay. The essay template teaches and reinforces the “formula” for good essay writing.
Self-Check Student Rubric used by the pair to self-evaluate the quality of the first draft of their report
Police Chief’s (teacher's) Scoring Rubric, written in student-friendly language to be used by the teacher to grade the final essay
Lesson is designed to help students who generally have a penchant to write opinion-based persuasive essays, discover how to think critically and write an argumentative essay based ONLY on the cold, hard facts.
Designed to be self-paced. Pack the lesson in over a few days or stretch it out over two weeks, because only you know what your kiddos can handle.
Engaging for all secondary and post-secondary classes. The lesson works splendidly in intensive/remedial reading and English learners (ELL/ESOL) classes as well as honors level classes.
Instances of High Level vocabulary- teach vocabulary in context, expose students to registrar that is at or above grade level, with little risk.