The Westing Game: A Novel Study



The Westing Game is a murder mystery like no other. This wonderfully crafted novel by Ellen Raskin is a fascinating read for upper elementary and middle school students!

This 170-page unit is jam-packed with everything you need to teach the novel, whether you’re doing it as a whole-class, a small group (i.e. reading groups or literature circles), or as an individual project. It includes many activities that serve as comprehension tools and valuable practice determining different story elements.


Teaching Tips – helpful hints to ensure that you make the most of this resource

Teacher Notes – notes on all the chapters and characters for your reference

Comprehension Questions – multiple questions for every chapter to check student comprehension Answer key included!

Vocabulary – five vocabulary words for each chapter Answer key included!

Student Case File – help students track the information in the novel by turning them into real detectives!

Teaching Reference Pages – extra activities to bring this novel to life in your classroom!


What other teachers are saying…

★ This resource is exactly what my high flyers needed to stay engaged and actively working with this text during their independent work time during guided reading. The Case File was their favorite! Excellent resource. ~ Melissa

★ This is hands down the best purchase I made this last school year. It is so comprehensive and rigorous. You included everything that my students needed to guide them through the novel. ~ Cassie

★ Absolutely awesome resource! Hits all skills and is super interactive, encouraging engagement for a variety of learning levels. ~ Michele


This unit is aligned with the following Common Core standards:

5th Grade:

♦ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1

♦ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2

♦ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4

♦ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4

6th Grade:

♦ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1

♦ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2

♦ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3

♦ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4

7th Grade:

♦ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1

♦ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2

♦ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3

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