In order to kick off my World War I unit, I like to set my room up as a crime scene. I typically outline two bodies with painters tape or something to that effect. I then have 6 “Classified” Stations set up around my room. Within these 6 stations are a total of 24 clues including primary sources such as pictures, newspaper article excerpts, eye witness statements, and text excerpts. Students will be solving the mystery of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife's murder.
As students rotate through the 6 stations, they will complete a murder mystery response sheet in which they are answering these questions "who, what, when, where, why, and how" about the murder mystery. Students will use evidence from the clues to justify their answers. This activity is designed to help students strengthen their critical thinking skills as well as citing evidence to justify their answers.
This download includes an overview/instructional sheet, 24 clues, and a Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Response Sheet.