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The Westing Game Book Unit Activities

Teaching Ideas to use with the novel  The Westing Game

Newbery Medal winner The Westing Game will keep the reader guessing ‘who did it’ from beginning to end. The story opens with Barney Northrup selling apartments at the Sunset Towers. Only a selected group of tenants receive an invitation to purchase the luxury estate at affordable prices.

Once the tenants move in, sixteen are invited to a reading of Sam Westing’s will. The heir who can figure out how he died wins Westing’s entire fortune. Continue Reading

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Writing a Mystery

Writing a Mystery ~ Try Lesson #1 for free.

Two blog post have been created for The Westing Game. This post goes over “Writing a Mystery.” If you would rather get ideas for teaching the book click here.

As I read The Westing Game for the first time, I was amazed at the twists this mystery took. So many surprises!! I knew students would want to write their own mysteries as they read this novel. This takes a lot of careful planning, so I developed a series of 11 lessons to help students map out and write a mystery. Be sure to head down to the bottom of the page for a free download which includes Lesson #1. Continue Reading

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