Mystery Genre Book Report "Case File" Project, Rubric, & Introductory Activity

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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19 pages
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Mystery Genre Case File Book Report Project

Students put on their detective hats while they read a mystery book, creating a case file of evidence to solve the mystery. Students will track information on:

  • Main Characters
  • Supporting Characters
  • Suspects
  • Plot
  • Red Herrings (optional or extension)

Creating the Case File

Students store their evidence in a case file, which can be a file folder or a large folded piece of construction paper.

Students use the included printables to track important information about their case.

Inside this Resource

This resource includes all student pages for the project, including an explanation of the project:

  • Suggested Lesson Plan
  • Project Introduction Pages
  • Mystery Introductory Activity Worksheet
  • Project Direction Page (without Red Herring required)
  • Project Direction Page (with Red Herring required)
  • Main Character Worksheet
  • Supporting Character Worksheet
  • Suspect Worksheet
  • Plot Worksheet
  • Red Herring Worksheet
  • Book Review Worksheet
  • Project Checklist
  • Rubric

Class time will vary depending upon how much time the teacher gives students in class to read and work on their case.

For my students, we spend part of a class period in the library looking for books in the genre. Students select a book, and I keep a record of the books selected.

Once everyone has a book selected, I give students 2 1/2 - 3 weeks to read and complete the project.

In addition, I take three - five days and have students present their books and projects. (I use this as an oral presentation grade.) I find it is better to do a few presentations each day instead of doing them all in one period.

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Total Pages
19 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


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