The Westing Game http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/cbarnes/files/raskin_1978_the_westing_game.pdf
Lesson One Learning Target: To understand the elements of the mystery genre. Journal: What is a mystery? Think about mystery in film, television, and literature. What are the characteristics of mystery?
Lesson Two Learning Targets • To understand the essential elements of the mystery genre. • To identify and demonstrate the characteristics of a detective.
Lesson 2 Journal Entry • What does it mean to be a good detective? What character traits/personality traits does a good detective have?
Lesson 3 Learning Objective • To identify character traits by collecting text-based evidence about characters in The Westing Game.
Journal Entries • How did you try to solve the mysteries in yesterday’s activity? What strategies did you use to solve the mystery? (If you weren’t here, what strategies do you use to solve mysteries?) • Look at The Westing Game (front/back cover, inside of book). What do you notice? What stands out? What do you expect to see in this book (predictions)?
Lesson 4 Entry Journal Read the following excerpt: “Mrs. Wexler gasped; it was breathtaking, all right. Two walls of the living room were floor to ceiling glass. Following Barney Northrup’s lead, she ooh-ed and aah-ed her joyous way through the entire apartment.” • What does the word breathtaking mean in this excerpt? • The author includes the detail of Mrs. Wexler’s “ooh” and “aah” sound to tell the reader she is a) impressed b) polite c) proud of her husband d) conceited
Lesson 4 Learning Objective • To identify character traits by collecting text-based evidence about characters in The Westing Game.
Guiding Question • How does Ellen Raskin build suspense in The Westing Game?
Lesson 5 Objectives • To examine how Ellen Raskin uses suspense in chapter 1 of The Westing Game. • To identify character traits by collecting text-based evidence about characters in The Westing Game.
Journal Entry 1) Complete the following sentence with bullet points: Suspense is what the author does that makes the reader 2)How does Ellen Raskin build suspense in Chapter 1 of The Westing Game? Provide ONE detail from the text to support your answer.
Uses strange details Foreshadowing Witholding information Descriptive language/imagery Cliffhangers She makes the reader suspicious She writes sentences that leave you wondering/guessing. She uses twists/surprises. How does Ellen Raskin bulid suspense in The Westing Game?
Makes the reader suspicious Uses cliffhangers Uses different tones Strange details Foreshadowing Different Points of View Clues Suspects and victims Some characters are ahead of others Hooks Red herrings-misleading clues Murder!!!!! Omniscient Narrator- narrator who can see all of the action Vivid imagery SETTING!!!!!! Methods (per 3)
Characters under pressure Leaving hints/clues Red herrings-false or misleading clues Cliffhangers Climax Create suspicion Hook Strange/unusual details Setting (related details) Gory details (DESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE) Surprises Plot twists Symbols Character names are unusual Methods (Per. 4)
Cliffhangers Descriptive details or language Setting Mid-sentence stopper Foreshadowing Withholding information Imagery clues Uses tense details/creates tension Has a detective Has a crime/crimes Presence of a mystery Per. 7 Methods
Do Now- in your journal 1) Use Context Clues to solve the meaning of the underlined word: “Judge Ford had recognized E.J. Plum. Several months ago he had argued before her court, bumbling to the point of incompetence. Why, she wondered, was a young, inexperienced attorney chosen to handle an estate of such importance?” 2) Based on the quote above, how does Judge Ford feel about E.J. Plum? • She dislikes him. • She thinks he is unintelligent. • She thinks he mumbles. • She thinks he is not right for the job.
Do Now: • Use Context Clues to solve the meaning of the underlined word: “Not all of the pairs were huddled in plotting, puzzle-solving pairs. Jake Wexler had retreated to his office after a long and loud argument with his wife. He sure could have used half of that ten thousand dollars, but he wouldn’t admit it, not to her. The forfeited money upset her more than the murder of her uncle, if he was her uncle” (47). 2. According to the text, why did Jake “retreat” to his office? a. because he was not plotting with his partner b. because he was fighting with Grace c. because he wished he had the 5,000 dollars d. because Grace was upset about losing the money
Learning Objectives • To examine how Ellen Raskin builds suspense in The Westing Game. • To collect and interpret clues in The Westing Game. • To self-assess our ability to use context clues and answer multiple choice questions.
Exit Journal • Interpret the clues that we have learned so far. What might they mean? What stands out to you? Offer any analysis and predictions you might have.
RAFFT Writing • R-Restate the Question and Answer • A-Analysis- explain your answer • F-Fact- Detail from the text (quote) • F-Fact- Detail from the text (quote) • T- Tie it all together- concluding statement Mnemonic- a device for remembering complex ideas in a simple way. Ex/ Roy G. Biv= Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet
How does Ellen Raskin build suspense in Chapter 8 of The Westing Game? Use TWO details from the text to support your answer.
Why does Sydelle Pulaski fake her illness? Use two details from the text to support your answer. R-Restate with answer A-Analysis (explain your answer) F- Fact (Quote) The text says, “ F-Fact (Quote) The text also says, “ T-Tie together (connect to your first sentence)
Essay Question • How does Ellen Raskin build suspense in The Westing Game? In your response, be sure to • explain how Ellen Raskin builds suspense in the book • use details from the book to support your response
Introduction • Hook- One or several sentences that grab the reader’s attention • TAG- Title, author, genre sentence • Thesis- States the argument you will present in your essay. Must have TWO points. Ex/ Ellen Raskin creates suspense in The Westing Game by ____________ and _____________. (Hint: Refer to your Anchor Chart!)
Body Paragraphs • One paragraph for each point in your thesis. Ex/ Ellen Raskin creates suspense in The Westing Game by (body P 1) and (body P 2). • Each body paragraph starts with a topic sentence and ends with a concluding sentence. • Your topic sentence (or the sentence after it) should explain/define what the paragraph is about. Ex: “Ellen Raskin builds suspense in The Westing Game by using red herrings. Red herrings are false clues that lead the reader in the wrong direction.” • Each body paragraph has AT LEAST TWO quotes from the text. • Each quote from the text has a preview and an explanation.
Previewing and Explaining Quotes • Creates a “quote sandwich” Preview QUOTE- The text says, “…”(pg). Explanation Preview-Gives the reader an idea of what the quote is discussing (orients the reader). Explanation- Tells the reader why the quote was important in proving your thesis.
Example “Quote Sandwich” In Chapter 8, Chris Theodorakis is observing the Westing house. The text says, “The Westing House was snowbound, too, and somebody was snowbound in it” (50). Here, the author uses setting to create a creepy tone in the story.
Ellen Raskin builds suspense in The Westing Game byusing red herrings. Red herrings are false clues that lead the reader in the wrong direction.In Chapter 9, the characters leave signs on the elevator walls. The text says, "BRAIDED KICKING TORTOISE SI A BRAT" (78). This is a false clue left by Doug and Theo to poke fun at Turtle, not to help solve the mystery. Later in the book, Chris puts together some of the information on the elevator wall. The text says, "This might be an important discovery-JudgeFord's name was the same as her apartment number: Ford, 4D" (76). Even though this seems like an important clue, it does not help Chris solve the mystery. Ellen Raskin uses red herrings in The Westing Game to mislead and confuse the reader.
Ellen Raskin builds suspense in The Westing Game by using cliffhangers and red herrings.
The “Jobs” in your quote sandwich • Preview- tells the reader where the quote comes from, what is happening in the quote, and why it might be important. • Quote- Your EVIDENCE. Your PROOF that your ideas are correct. • Explanation- Tells the reader why the quote you have chosen PROVES that your ideas are correct. Ties to your topic sentence.