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Handwriting Analysis


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Handwriting Analysis

In this forensics activity, students will explore the methods that investigators use to confirm the authenticity of handwriting. Participants will use bottom-of-letter and slant analysis to look at their own and their partner's handwriting, and then use these methods to analyze a note left at the scene of the crime.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Poster Board Example of Both Types of Analysis
  • Pens or Pencils
  • Paper
  • Tracing Paper
  • Rulers

Subjects


  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories


  • Crime Science

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Access Rights:

  • Free access

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  • All Rights Reserved, COSI Columbus, ©2009

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