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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 60 minutes
Lesson Author

Che-Mai Gray

Marysville, Washington

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

Podcast Episodes

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Investigating Genre: The Case of the Classic Detective Story

After critiquing a list of conventions for the genre, students read, view, or listen to a classic
mystery, and then produce a mystery of their own, reflecting on the purposeful ways in which
they adhered to or altered the genre conventions.

 

Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick: Using Illustrations to Guide Writing

Students use illustrations from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick as a guide to write mysteries
and then present their stories to the class for students to discuss to which illustration each
story corresponds.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Cube Creator

The interactive Cube Creator helps students identify and summarize key elements. It can be used as a prewriting or postreading activity.

 

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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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 3

In 1927, Joan Lowery Nixon was born.

As a class, a genre study of mysteries takes place and a chart is made about what makes a good mystery.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 28

Author Lois Duncan was born on this date in 1934.

Mysteries are shared with students for them to solve and brainstorm the attributes of a good mystery. Small groups then compose short mysteries using the Mystery Cube.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 5

French author Guy de Maupassant was born on this day in 1850.

Students read and then rewrite a de Maupassant short story, updating its vocabulary and setting to that of the 21st century.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   K – 7  |  Podcast Episode

Dynamic Detectives

Get on the case with these tales about extraordinary detectives! Listen in as Emily highlights untraditional mysteries for kids.

 

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