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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Everyone Loves a Mystery: A Genre Study
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Twenty sessions, each 60 minutes|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol (Scholastic, 1991) or Five-Minute Mysteries by Ken Weber (Running Press Book Publishers, 1989)
- Computers with Internet access and printing capability
- Computer with projection capability
- Card stock
- Coloring pencils or markers
- Tag board
Grades 6 – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The interactive Cube Creator helps students identify and summarize key elements. It can be used as a prewriting or postreading activity.
- Story Map for Solve-It Stories
- Puzzle Piece Mystery Book Project
- DL-TA Teaching Format
- Mystery Project Calendar
- "The Bus Ride" by Sahar Sabati
- "Survival" by John M. Floyd
- Millennium Mystery Madness
- MysteryNet's Kids Mysteries
- Mystery Writing With Joan Lowery Nixon
- 6+1 Trait® Writing
- 6+1® Trait Definitions
|1.||Photocopy the following handouts so that each student can have a copy:
|2.||For the Puzzle Piece Mystery Book Project, create a template of a puzzle and photocopy it on card stock or allow students to make their own nine-piece puzzles.
|3.||This lesson assumes that students have prior knowledge of story elements, the writing process, 6+1 Trait® Writing, outlining, and basic word processing and Internet skills. Students also need to know how to create story webs.