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Activity Overview


A fun way to enter into the Westing mystery is to have students make predictions about the various “criminals” alluded to in the novel. These include Westing’s murderer along with the bookie, the bomber, the thief, and the mistake. Have students use the poster layout to create a Wanted poster for the heir that they suspect in one or more of these roles. Suggest using textables to add important information about the character, including physical description, motive, evidence, or suspicious quotations. For fun classroom decorations, don’t forget to print off the posters!

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Example The Westing Game Wanted Poster


WANTED FOR MURDER: BERTHE ERICA CROW

AGE: 57
OCCUPATION: Cleaning woman
MOTIVE: anger toward her ex-husband
EVIDENCE: All the clues in Westing's will point to her

Template and Class Instructions

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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Wanted Posters

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/1] Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text

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