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Episode 49 — Dynamic Detectives

 

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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 7
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 8:09
Original Air Date Published October 01, 2012

Music in this podcast is provided by Freeplay Music.

 

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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   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Everyone Loves a Mystery: A Genre Study

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

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

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.

 

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Calendar Activities

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 29

Scotland Yard was established this day in 1829.

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.

 

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Activities & Projects

Grades   5 – 8  |  Activity & Project

Make a Mystery Puzzle

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.

 

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Games & Tools

Grades   3 – 8  |  Game & Tool

Mystery Cube

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.

 

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