Why a murder mystery you might ask?
The teaching team that developed this unit had a science partner with background in advertising. He suggested that they do a project involving parents that would get families to talk about the lessons being taught at school. This murder mystery party, and the lessons associated with it, is the results of that effort.
The objectives of the unit are simple; provide students with a vehicle for learning about Roman history, modern criminology and forensics, while also improving their writing skills. As an added bonus, you get parent involvement, and hopefully some great Italian leftovers.
If you are worried that the evening won’t go as planned, just remember — it is suppose to be a mystery! “Wow! What a mystery we have here! Isn’t this great?” This party has been used over and over again with great success.