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Who was Jack the Ripper? HISTORY MYSTERY

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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Can your students decide who Jack the Ripper was out of a cast of 12 suspects?

In this lesson they will compare and evaluate 12 possible suspects before deciding on the most likely guilty person. They will then justifying their decision both verbally and in writing. The lesson works as a knockout tournament, comparing two suspects at a time. They must apply the background information presented to them along with the suspect cards to come up with the most plausible answer.

It is great for developing higher order thinking skills especially when they have to tease out the strengths and weaknesses of each suspect. It also provides me with some fabulous display ideas using the students work!

**Update! Students can now click to read each suspect's details on the screen. Save yourself the printing and easier for distance learning too!***

The lesson contains:

- 23 slide powerpoint.

- 12 Suspect Information cards (on the powerpoint to be printed off in handout mode and cut out - they are in colour and also black and white versions to help you save some ink!)

- Information handout sheet on the five acknowledged victims of Jack the Ripper.

- 3 page detailed lesson plan.

- Tournament structure handout sheet (also on PowerPoint in colour and black and white)

The last task is to write a paragraph, if you would like a framework for this you might like to check out my 'P.E.E.L. PARAGRAPH LITERACY MATS'

The lesson is does not contain any graphic imagery, all photos of the victims are from when they were alive. But the written content on the victims, being as it is about a serial killer, is a bit gory. So I recommend this for high school more than middle school.

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Total Pages
27 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation provided (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).


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