Everything you need to understand or teach The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.
The Westing Game is Raskin's closest approach to a classic mystery story. Sixteen interesting and bizarre characters, who live in a mysterious apartment building, compete to become heir to the Westing millions. Inspired by the intrigue surrounding Howard Hughes's will and by the celebration of the bicentennial of the United States, the novel combines a tricky mystery with a tribute to American opportunity. Like Figgs & Phantoms and The Tattooed Potato & Other Clues, The Westing Game incorporates some of Raskin's special interests. Would-be heirs play both chess and the stock market in their attempts to solve the puzzle and gain a fortune.
In addition to being a satisfying mystery, The Westing Game is Raskin's exploration of material success and the importance of money. While Sam Westing and his wife achieved the good life, they sacrificed their daughter along the way. Raskin explores their life in light of the...
The Westing Game Lesson Plans contain 156 pages of teaching material, including: