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Left-wing and Right Wing: Which are you? [online simulation]
At this point, after a discussion of whether students feel that the victims of Jack the Ripper were responsible for their own poverty or whether instead they were crushed by 'the system, students complete this computer questionnaire, which will provide them with some initial suggestions about whether they are Left- or Right-Wing. This can be completed in class, or set as a homework activity. Students are then asked to complete a Triangle Nine Template by completing the following steps: "Step 1: COPY the 9 statements you agreed with from your table and PASTE them into the diagram - but Organise the statements you agree with most strongly towards the TOP of the diagram, and the statements you are less bothered about towards the BOTTOM. Step 2: Colour Left-wing statements in RED and Right-Wing statements in BLUE. Step 3: Give your diagram a title: "The political profile of [YOUR NAME]".
Who was Jack the Ripper? [FREE and interactive]
Armed with the profiles that they have built up, students go to this ActiveHistory Simulation which asks them a series of questions about what they think they now know about the personality and appearance of the Ripper. The computer then analyses their responses to present them with a list of the most likely suspects based on their preferences. The simulation also asks a series of factual questions as it progresses and gives them a score at the end. A worksheet accompanies the simulation, which also brings in fresh evidence such as the 1988 FBI profile, the 2006 EFIT profile and the coroner's reports. The simulation should occupy at least 30 minutes, and the follow-up debate a similar amount of time.
Crime Board: Who was Jack the Ripper?
As an alternative to producinga straightforward 'Wanted' poster for the killer following the computer simulation, students could instead consider producing a 'Crime Board' connecting the various pieces of evidence to different suspects to produce an overall theory.
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