Partners in Crime offers middle school teachers an innovative and highly entertaining resource for integrating language arts and science strategies that will challenge students while meeting standardized learning goals. With a creative approach of focusing on the practical application of critical thinking, problem solving, and prose nonfiction expression, Partners in Crime engages your students by asking them to solve a crime using the skills of forensic science while simultaneously teaching them key concepts in language arts. As flexible as it is creative, Partners in Crime can be used for a variety of classroom settings whether as a single activity, weekly lesson, full unit, or school and community project. The activities in Partners in Crime can also help you build teamwork by tapping into your school community, resources, and technology. Throughout the book, your students are encouraged to conduct original research and challenged to draw conclusions based upon their ability to weigh evidence.
Partners in Crime also contains suggestions for helping you and your students make connections with local law enforcement that will provide support for deeper understanding of the exercises. The book is filled with ideas for encouraging students to create written reports, presentations, and producing films and videos. The book also includes activities and guidelines for benchmarking student performance during and after the each unit.
Table of Contents
Letter to the Reader.Introduction.1. Interviewing Witnesses and Suspects.2. Crime Scene Procedure.3. Crime Scene Analysis.4. Fingerprint Analysis.5. Blood Typing.6. DNA.7. Toxicology.8. Microbes and Drowning Victims.9. Hair and Fiber Analysis.10. Handwriting Analysis.11. Tool Mark Analysis.12. Firearm ID and Ballistics.13. Interrogation.14. Crime Scene Re-Creation.15. Court.Glossary.
E.K. Hein is a middle school language arts teacher in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has taught language arts and English skills to students for eight years. In 2002 his "Investigating Crime Scenes in Literature" was featured in The Wall Street Journal as a model for innovative, engaging curriculum.