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A Murder Mystery! Slip or Trip?

Help solve a mystery to learn the process of writing a strong and effective argument!
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Alison Sagara

on 28 March 2016

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Transcript of A Murder Mystery! Slip or Trip?

Can you solve the mystery?
Slip or Trip?
Beginning today, we are ALL detectives in a
case in which we must determine whether a man
died accidentally or was murdered in cold blood.

You must decide and support your claim with
sufficient evidence that is explained to
create a sound and solid argument.

Let's Get Started!
Witness Report: Queenie Volupides
Your Objective:
At five-feet-six and a hundred and ten pounds, Queenie Volupides was a sight to behold and to clasp. When she tore out of the house after a tiff with her husband, Arthur, she went to the country club where there was a party going on.

She left the club shortly before one in the morning
and invited a few friends to follow her home and have one more drink. They got to the Volupides house about ten minutes after Queenie, who met them at the door and said, "Something terrible happened. Arthur slipped and fell on the stairs. He was coming down for another drink-he still had a glass in his hand- and I think he's dead. Oh, my God-what shall I do?"
Autopsy Report:
The deceased, Arthur Volupides, died due to
head drama. Upon blood tests, it was determined
that Mr. Volupides had a BAC of .08.
Photographic Documentation from the Crime Scene

The Questions
All good arguments, like all good investigations, begin with a question.

Our question is "Can we believe Queenie's story?"

We will need to analyze our evidence, create a rule for our evidence, and explain how we drew our logical conclusion.

Let's get started!
Getting started!
First, we must make our claim. Your claim in
argumentative writing is what we call the thesis
statement in other essays.

The thesis statement arises from a question, which
in turn arises from a question, which in turn rises
from the examination of information or data of
some sort.
Our Claim
Do we believe Queenie? The answer to that question
is our claim.

Let's look at the evidence.

Please get out a sheet of paper now and make three columns. Label one side "Evidence," one "Reason," and the last one "Claim."
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