Mystery Project Middle School ELA Distance learning

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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In this ready for October, student-centered, open-ended middle school language arts unit, students explore the genre of mystery. What makes a mystery? Why do some people love to be scared? What makes mysteries interesting? A great addition to your middle school English and Language Arts classroom. Ideal for distance learning.

Delve into mystery fun just in time for Halloween or any time of year.

Editable Slides AND PDF files included. This is a great project for students to do on their own at home. You can post to your classroom(s) just not publicly on the web or share with other teachers without appropriate licensing.

This resource includes:

● Complete unit guide for teachers to create student-centered mystery unit complete with a mystery for students to solve to introduce them to the unit.

● Student handouts including directions for reading, writing, art, and research projects. Three options for reading portion of project.

● Mystery resources for teachers and students

● Ideas for extensions and presentations

NOTE: There are not specific daily lesson plans as this is an inquiry unit. The teacher's guide contains suggestions for introducing unit, ideas for pacing, suggested books, etc. I use this in a workshop setting.

Skills Developed in this lesson:

- Students will write arguments and support them with evidence related to a fiction book (Writing Anchor Standard 1).

- Students will write narratives to develop imagined experiences (Writing Anchor Standard 3).

- Students will identify elements of the mystery genre

- Students will demonstrate their understanding of elements of mystery through multiple projects.

This purchase is for one teacher only. This resource is not to be shared with colleagues or used by an entire grade level, school, or district without purchasing the proper number of licenses. If you are interested in a site license, please contact me for a quote. This resource may not be uploaded to the internet in any form, including classroom/personal websites or network drives.

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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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