Newbery Medal winner The Westing Game will keep the reader guessing “who did it” from beginning to end. The story opens with Barney Northrup, a fictitious person, selecting tenants for the Sunset Towers, a luxury apartment building owned by the Westing Estate. The Wexlers, the Hoos, and the Theodorakises move into large apartments. Judge Ford, Sydelle, and Flora move into a single apartment. The final apartment goes to the maid Crow.
On Halloween night, Turtle is dared to spend time in the creepy empty Westing house next to the apartment. While there, she sees a dead body.
Messages go out to the sixteen heirs to attend the reading of Westing’s will. At the reading, they learn that one of the sixteen heirs has brought about Westing’s death. They are to pair into teams. Clues are given to the teams to determine which one of them is the culprit. The person who solves the mystery will inherit $200 million. Each team is given $10,000 to make them go along with this wild game.
This page-turner takes many unexpected twists and turns. Not until the last chapter will the reader know the guilty party.
The Westing Game Activities
The Westing Game Book Unit Samples
This sample contains…
- Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-2
- Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
- Constructed Response Question for Setting
Teaching Idea #1 ~ Character Trait Cards
With so many suspects, students get confused about who is who. Download this free set of cards (including an answer key) to help students
- Sort the character cards by the places the characters live, families they belong to, etc.
- Use the cards to discuss suspects.
- Make a T-Chart on a large piece of construction paper. Sort cards by guilty or not guilty.
Teaching Idea #2 ~ Sunset Towers Organizer
Students use clues provided in the novel to determine where each person lives and label their apartments on this organizer. You’ll find this organizer in the unit sample. If you missed the link above, here it is again.
Teaching Idea #3 ~ Foldable Organizer
You’ll find this organizer and lesson in the unit sample.
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The Westing Game Novel Study includes vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.