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What's in a Mystery? Exploring and Identifying Mystery Elements

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Eight 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Betsy Brindza

Shaker Heights, Ohio


International Literacy Association


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May 10, 2015

Thank you for posting this! I am opting my child out of the standardized test, and she will be doing this unit, instead. :) It is fun, the perfect length and easy enough for her to follow on her own. Now she'll be reading and writing and learning instead of testing and testing and testing.


Crystal Ringer

April 24, 2014

Thank You for posting this lesson I have am using the worksheets with my class ans we are having so much fun. Thanks You again



April 04, 2013

Thank you for posting this lesson and the worksheets. I've been looking for different genre worksheets and I really like these. I'm going to post a link on my blog lovetopaint.blogspot.com for other homeschoolers.



March 28, 2013

Wow! This unit is step-by step, exactly what my students need. Thank you so much!



November 18, 2010

I can't wait to use this with my grade 5 ELL class! Thank you!



October 14, 2010

Great - exactly what I was searching for! Thank you. I will be using it for a 4-5 split class.



July 07, 2010

This was fantastic when I used it with a group of ESL/SPED students. It enabled us to go step by step and complete the mysteries. Some were quite good!


Diane C.

April 13, 2010

I used these handouts with my 7th grade class after reading a mystery novel. They worked GREAT for students preparing to write their own mysteries. Thank you!



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