Sam Spade

This activity introduces students to using evidence to select the best models from a set of alternatives. Students act as members of a jury tasked with deciding if a man named Sam Spade robbed a grocery store. Students are provided with a set of nine pieces of evidence, a few pieces at a time, and asked to use the evidence to decide if Sam is guilty or innocent. The activity also introduces the Model-Evidence-Link (MEL) matrix, which is a core PRACCIS scaffold aimed at helping students rate evidence quality and determine the relationship between each piece of evidence and the alternative models.

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