This classroom mystery is a great way for you to end your focus on gripping characters, especially if you have been focusing on the genre of Mysteries. Mysteries allows readers to really think deeply about what they are reading. Mysteries are perfect for close reading. Mysteries focus on story elements,
characters overcoming obstacles, inferring, predicting, drawing conclusions, cause and effect and so much more. In fact, using mysteries in the classroom leads to deeper thinking almost by accident!
This culminating activity is meant to celebrate all the hard work that your readers have been doing over the course of a unit of study or it can be done just for fun. However, there is a lot of thinking involved. So your students may just learn an added bonus!
This mystery is an adaptation to a mystery written by an unknown author. I have refined and rewritten the mystery, added characters, changed the setting, created student response work, included a parent letter, rewritten clues, added visuals, and made this mystery more appropriate for a classroom. I hope you enjoy it!
If you are new to teaching with mysteries you may be interested in teaching a unit with this genre. You will be shocked to see how much your students enjoy this focus!
Products in which you may be interested:
Gripping Character Study with a Focus on Mysteries
Introduction to the Genre of Mysteries Video
If you would like to extend your study of the mystery genre to your writing workshop, an excellent companion unit is Mystery Writing: A Fictional Narrative Unit of Study
by Melanie Redden. Check it out!