Lesson 11: Suspicious Statements: Means, Motive, Opportunity Copy

Lesson 11: Suspicious Statements!

Students take a careful look at the letters each suspect wrote in the beginning of the year to see any possible connections between their interests and the classroom crime.

Encourage the student investigators to take their time reading and analyzing the statements in this activity. Each statement should be read through several times.

Lesson Objectives

  • Analyze suspect letters to determine means, motive, and opportunity
  • Analyze suspects’ use of language, including diction and style, to gather clues and draw conclusions
  • Summarize and review information from suspect letters in a data table

Next, simply click the links below for further instructions and steps on how to get started!


  • Student Books

Students (Groups of Three)

  • 3 Student Book pages (on Resource CD)
  • 3 pencils