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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
A modern classic and the winner of the Newberry Medal, The Westing Game is an excellent novel to introduce readers to the mystery genre. The story is clever enough that readers will have to pay careful attention and so engaging they will not want to put it down.
Readers will learn to set a purpose for reading and understand how the chapters in a mystery novel fit together. The Book Club lesson plans draw student attention to the overall structure of clues and the author’s use of suspense and foreshadowing. Students will also learn to develop a list of suspects and find evidence to support their solution to the mystery.
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Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Mystery Genre
- Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
- Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
- Book Club Calendar
- Conversation Prompts
- Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart
- Student Reference Sheet
- Student Self-Evaluation Forms
- Running Record Assessment Tool
- Student Reading Response Guide
- Comprehension Assessment Rubric
- Common Core State Standard Assessment
Common Core Alignment
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The Westing Game Resource Set
Book Club Management Resources
Meeting #1: Introduce the Elements of The Mystery Genre
Meeting #2: Identifying the Clues in The Mystery
Meeting #3: How the Author Creates Suspense in The Mystery
Meeting #4: Finding Foreshadowing in The Mystery
Meeting #5: Identifying the Suspects in The Mystery
Meeting #6: Solving the Puzzle
The Westing Game Focus Assessment and Rubric
The Westing Game Common Core Assessment
The Westing Game Running Record
Student Resources in Spanish
The Westing Game Vocabulary Connections
Common Core Alignment:
L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
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