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    Westing Game
    By jennifer

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    This was my students' absolute favorite book last year! I teach 5th. I did have some lower readers that would've had trouble with it, so I had them read something else. I would say that anyone who reads one year below grade level or more would have some difficulty reading this independently, perhaps with a whole class, they would be ok. Here are some ideas for this book:

    ---Keep a detective journal, where you write down all the clues and predictions about what you think will happen. Tell them they have to thoroughly explain in complete sentences who they think the "killer" is. ( journal after every chapter)I did not have them do questions after every chapter, because it would've killed the spirit of the kids...I am telling you this is a GOOD BOOK!!!

    ---Have them do character sketches of the characters and draw pictures and hang them on a Bulletin Board. These characters are VERY interesting and the kids liked this activity.

    ---Quizzes after every 5 chapters--Hey have to assess comprehension some time, right?

    -- Try to get multiple copies of the game CLUE. I had the kids play this game in groups of four when we finished reading. THEY LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

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