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Murder Mystery

an organized discovery of an original crime scene


Student Writer Instructions:

Today, you will be writing a story where a character stumbles across a dead person (or thing) and finds numerous clues as to who the victim was, the weapon used and who a suspect in the crime might be. 

The murder description found in chapter 4 of the The Westing Game will help inspire details, and Chapter 8 may help you when you start describing the clues in your story.

Step #1: Click the first button below to see choices for murder victims.

Step #2: Click the second button to see choices for murder weapons.

Step #3: Click the third button to see choices for murder suspects.

Step #4: Begin to think about how you will plan the murder for your readers to solve.  What colorful, descriptive words will you include to help the reader paint a picture of the murder in their head as they are reading the story.

Step #5: Start drafting your story.

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

Choose who gets murdered...

   
(It's okay to come up with your own victim here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)


Choose the murder weapon...

 
(It's okay to come up with your own murder weapon here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)


Choose a guilty suspect...

  
(It's okay to come up with your own suspect here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

  


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