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Episode 49 — Dynamic Detectives
|Grades||K – 7|
|Podcast Series||Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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|Original Air Date||Published October 01, 2012|
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Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students track the elements of mystery stories through Directed Learning–Thinking Activities, story maps, and puzzles. Then they offer clues for other readers as they plan and write original mystery stories.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students identify the characteristics of mystery writing, outline a mystery story using a graphic organizer, write and revise their own mystery story, edit each other's work, and share their mysteries.
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 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.
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.
Activities & Projects
Grades 5 – 8 | Activity & Project
Have children explore the different parts of mystery writing by making a puzzle about a favorite book. They can then invent and write their own mysteries using the online Mystery Cube tool.
Games & Tools
Grades 3 – 8 | Game & Tool
The Mystery Cube asks children to separate a mystery into six distinct elements. Using it, children begin to see how a writer constructs a mystery—and can try writing their own.