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Students write a research paper here supporting their solution to an unsolved “48 Hours” TV show crime
Language Arts, Computers & Internet
By – Peggy Kinard
Primary Subject – Language Arts, Computers / Internet
Secondary Subjects –
Grade Level – 12
- The students will use their organizational skills to formulate a possible solution to an unsolved crime based on the television show
- . The student will then turn their research and hypothesis into an organized research paper.
- Virginia English SOL Curriculum Framework – Grade Twelve
- Oral Language 12.1 (a-e)
- Reading Analysis 12.4
- Research 12.8 (a-d)
- Computer with Internet Access
- Computer access to class discussion board
- Data projector
- The teacher will show a brief clip from the television show 48 Hours .
- The teacher will then initiate questions:
- Do you feel that the detective’s prime suspect was guilty?
- What led the lead detective to the prime suspect?
- Name some of the clues that make you think the person should be or should not be the prime suspect.
- The student logs on to the website for the television show 48 Hours .
- The student watches an unsolved video of the student’s choice. (The teacher may want to limit which videos the students may select based on content.)
- The student then logs on to a classroom discussion board and writes a brief paragraph on the crime of their choice.
- The student would then discuss the various theories they have via the discussion board. Those students choosing the same unsolved crime may work together in discussing a consensus of what really happened.
- The student would re-enact through role-play the detective interrogating the prime suspect.
- The student will benefit from role-play in the classroom, and from the assignment being video based.
Plan For Independent Practice:
- The student will write a well-organized research paper based on their hypothesis of the crime, including how and why the crime was committed.
- The student will present a five to ten minute presentation on their individual theory of the crime.
- Discuss the first case for similarities and differences to the unsolved cases the students have chosen.
- The students will be graded 80% on their written research paper and 20% on their oral presentation.
- Divide the students into groups to represent the main characters of the investigation.
- Have a real detective as a guest speaker and have him give the students a cold case to solve.
- The teacher would send the students’ research papers to CBS News for a possible reply to the students’ hypotheses.
Possible Connections To Other Subjects:
- Students will be able to apply their critical analysis and organizational skills learned in English to other content areas such as history, science and mathematics.
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