Clue by Clue: Imprisoned

Clue by Clue: Imprisoned is a sort of puzzle mystery, based on a true News of the Weird item. A woman robs a store and speeds away. Soon a policeman is on her tail, but somehow she ends up in prison before she is even arrested. How could that be?

What happened?

Was she pulled over? Did she get a ticket for speeding or chased from the robbery? You give the students the clues one by one. By the end, they have all the information they need to solve it.

Imprisoned is based on a true story, taken straight from the weird news headlines. Like many of the Clue By Clue mysteries, Imprisoned is actually more of a puzzle. How did she get into prison. When students figure out the answer, they’ll realize they should have known from the start!

What is Clue by Clue?

In pairs or small groups, students analyze each clue to try to decide if it’s relevant or irrelevant and what it means. It’s a great way for students to practice critical thinking skills, such as evaluating evidence, synthesizing information from different clues, and also telling truth from lie and fact from opinion. (Check out my post on Why short mysteries make awesome critical thinking activities for more and a list of all my clue by clue activities).


Clue by Clue Imprisoned Preview
The Teacher Sheet with the situation, hints and the solution.
Clue by Clue Imprisoned Preview
The student sheet with the situation and the clues to be cut out and shared one by one.

Download Imprisoned

So, head over to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store to purchase Clue by Clue: Imprisoned Mystery Activity!

It’s also available as a Powerpoint presentation game.

Or check out the other Clue by Clue Mystery Activities.

You can also visit my ever-growing section of mystery activities and lesson plans for other classroom resources, including a graphic organizer and story cards to help students write their own mysteries.

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