The students in 8th Grade have been busy investigating the great escape from Alcatraz. To kick off the unit, the students became junior detectives as they were asked to infer how artifact replicas were used to escape the famous prison. Students even toured the island virtually by using google earth. Next, the students were asked to detect context clues to identify vocabulary. After reading the short story the students answered questions by citing evidence from the text. To conclude the unit, the students were asked to take a stance on whether or not the escapees survived by composing an argumentative essay. Did the escapees live or die after successfully leaving the penitentiary? You will have to interview our 8th graders to find out more!