ELA Games -- Mystery Genre Character Types

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
Formats Included
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32 pages
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Middle school students LOVE this ELA game! I used it in the library, but it's also fun for ELA classrooms. The game gets students talking, coloring, laughing, and learning about mystery character types and vocabulary. Low-prep and editable.


  • Recommended for: Grades 5-8
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, PDF
  • Lesson Duration: 2 lessons of 30-45 minutes each (first lesson is shorter)
  • Number of pages: 29 PPT and Google Slides + 3 printable pages


  • PowerPoint / Google Slides game (29 slides, all text is editable in both PPT and Google Slides)
  • Student answer cards (1 page, PDF, not editable)
  • 4 bookmarks (1 page, PDF and PPT, 100% editable)
  • Mystery Genre display poster (1 page, PDF, not editable)


  • computer projector and screen (no audio required)
  • ability to open PowerPoint OR Google Slides documents + PDFs
  • a printer (for bookmarks, answer cards, and the poster)
  • blue, red, green, yellow, purple colored pencils and/or markers (every student will need one of each color)


  • mastermind
  • accomplice
  • eyewitness
  • detective
  • alibi
  • red herring
  • perpetrator
  • culprit
  • motive
  • evidence
  • sycophant
  • toady
  • lackey
  • sidekick
  • investigator
  • sleuth
  • gumshoe
  • bystander
  • passer-by

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Total Pages
32 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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