We handed out characters last week so everyone could prepare their costumes. The Emperor and family all the way through the class system to the fishermen, shepherdess and servants. Wow! Everyone looked fabulous, all the silken robes, hairdos, headdresses and more! The kids all really enjoyed getting into their characters. The mystery was so well done, not an easy case to solve that's for sure! Many suspects with motive and lots of found evidence, kept us guessing all the way through.
In the end before we read out the final results and after everyone had discretely submitted their submission of who the murderer was, we took some time to call out the top suspects and vote on who should be jailed for the crime. This lead to almost a hung jury until right at the last moment the last person voted and split the tie. The convicted person was sent to jail and then we read out the final conclusion. We sent the wrong suspect to jail! This of course lead to quite the discussion about assumptions, evidence and due process ... but mostly just FUN!
We will definitely be making this a habitual way to end the session, we loved it! What a great way to tie up the session's learning's of the culture and society of the times than with some role playing. Thanks Party Grab (who, by the way, is a homelearning teen).