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Everyone Loves a Mystery: A Genre Study

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Everyone Loves a Mystery: A Genre Study

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Twenty sessions, each 60 minutes
Lesson Author

Che-Mai Gray

Marysville, Washington


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • 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

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Mystery Cube

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Mystery Cube

The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.


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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.

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