Skills: Writing, Speaking, Listening
Recommended Age: 16+
Number of Participants: 4-12 players
Time: 30-40 minutes
Equipment: A black- or whiteboard
Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker
Preliminary Preparation. Not required.
Immediate Preparation (5-7 minutes).
1. On the board, write down the following or any similar quiestions:
How many guests knew the secret?
When was the champagne poisoned?
Who locked the door?
Why was the body near the window?
What was burnt in the chimney?
Whose footprints were in the garden?
Where is the diamond?
2. Invite each player to write a short detective story in their notebook, answering these quiestions. Allow them a reasonable amount of time for completing this task. While the students are writing, circulate, monitor and assist, if necessary.
How to Play. When everyone is ready, bring the class to order. Afterwards, invite the players to take it in turns reading out their essays. The winner of the game is the participant, whose detective story is considered to be the best. If necessary, you can invite the players to vote.
Advice. Since the task takes a long time to complete, it would be more feasible to set it for homework. In this case, the game itself should be carried out in the following lesson.