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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Expository EscapadeDetective’s Handbook
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Fifteen 40-Minute Sessions|
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
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
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
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.
Grades 3 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  February 3
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
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 |  September 29
Students explore the resources on the Scotland Yard website and compare the advice given to London's citizens to the advice available from the local police department.