Mystery Story Writing Unit (10 days)
Mystery Book Report (5 days)
Graphic Organizers for:
Mystery Clues/Plot Map
Detective Character Traits Graphic Organizer
Villain/Sidekick Character Traits Graphic Organizer
Four writing sample paragraphs
Mystery Book Report Graphic Organizer
Two Grading Rubics
Sentence Frame examples with Mystery Book Report
Writing Unit Objective: To create an original story while studying the aspects of character traits, setting, plot development (Story Clues to Solution) and story craft. Students will create characters with detective traits (protagonist), a villain (antagonist), choose setting and plot aspects to make their story a mystery (use of clues), and create a basic creative narrative story with a beginning, middle and end.
Mystery Story Writing Unit Outline:
Day 1: Build your Main Character
Day 2: Create a Villain
Day 3: Setting and Plot: Creating Your Clues
Day 4-6: Writing the First Draft (Includes three mini-lessons in writing craft)
Day 7-8: Proofread and Revising Tips for your Mystery Story
Day 9: Rewrite and finalize your Mystery Story to read in Author’s Chair.
Day 10: Author’s Chair Day (Story Sharing Read-Aloud)
Project Title: Mystery Book Report
Unit Objective: Students will learn the basic structure of a literary summary and identify the literary elements of a mystery book by focusing on the Ws, Who, What, Why, When, Where and How. They will summarize the main characters, events and plot of the book through a complete sentence answer structure. Students will look for evidence, examples from the text, to highlight their summary. They will learn to read the copyright page of a book to find information and report on it. Students will use peer support to revise and proofread their reports.
***Graphic organizer included for Mystery Book Report. Can be used as prewriting organizer or as the actual book report. **See free Mystery Book Report handout