Teacher Review For Crime & Puzzlement

This app is a great supplement to the work George Hillocks presents in Teaching Argument Writing Grades 6-12. This app is created by the same author that gave us Queenie in Slip or Trip.

Rae O.
Co-Director UC Merced Writing Project
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
After adapting and using the ideas from George Hillocks' book Teaching Argument Writing Grades 6-12 on listing and warranting evidence, I let students practice their evidence identification skills by solving some of the crimes presented on the app. They make a list of the evidence they find and write warrants connecting the evidence to the question presented. They then draw conclusions from the evidence & warrants. This app is an extension to Hillocks' work and offers students practice in a different format. This practice then transitions to finding evidence to support a claim/thesis when writing argument or analysis papers.
My Take
The use of this app motivates students to continue to hone their skills in locating relevant evidence. Students like the format and the bonus is the app is inexpensive so students with an apple product can download it and continue practicing on their own time. It reinforces students skills to make careful observations, evaluate data, and identify relevant evidence.