- Look at the picture and imagine that you are a detective responsible for finding out what happened here. What do you know for certain? What questions do you have? Compare your questions to the ones below – did you think of any others? Did you miss anything?
- Who is the man?
- Why was he in the boat? Where was he going? What was he doing? Why was he wearing a suit? Is this appropriate attire for rowing? When he got dressed that morning, did he know that he would be in a rowing boat later that day?
- Was he alone?
- Is there something in the water?
- What caused the boat to lift up out of the water and turn over?
- What happened to the man after this? Was he able to give evidence after this event?
- Try role-playing different interviews and conversations around this picture:
- Two detectives trying to work out what has happened;
- A detective and an eye-witness;
- A detective and the man (if he is able to give evidence);
- A detective and the owner of the boat rental shop;
- Anyone else?
- When you have decided on what you think is the most probable explanation, write a detective’s report detailing your conclusions and the evidence.
- Fiction link: ‘Francis‘, by Dave Eggers. (Use the transcript if the film is judged to be unsuitable for your class).
Credit: Tim O’Brien