Lesson Plan

Crack the Case: History's Toughest Mysteries

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Young sleuths don their trench coats, tip their fedoras, and grab their notepads to investigate one of four famous unsolved mysteries. After examining multiple primary and secondary sources related to their cold case, they propose a theory about what really happened.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • For groups that want an extra challenge, have them select an unsolved mystery, find and analyze primary and secondary source materials, and offer their theory of who did it or what happened
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies of multiple primary and secondary source materials

  • Offers a detailed play and links to the primary and secondary source materials
  • Models how historians investigate events and to support and develop critical thinking skills
  • None