14 no prep (print and go) Mystery Reading Activities to be used during a mystery reading genre study. Each activity contains directions and can be used for differentiation in the classroom. Activities include inference, setting, compare and contrast, character study, character traits, problem and solution, cause and effect. Activities can be used with a variety of books during a read aloud, independent reading, homework or for assessment work. A list of recommended books for a class read aloud, modeling during the workshop model and independent reading groups is included.
Clear descriptions of each activity are listed below.
Each graphic organizer is used for a different Reading lesson during a Mystery Reading Unit.
This sheet is a guide which students can use to help them remember important Mystery Story elements as they read through their stories and complete each activity.
· Page 6 is ideal for struggling learners to use while identifying the detective and the victim in their mystery stories during independent reading. It contains a model of how to identify each character in the book.
· Page 7 is ideal for on level students. It requires them to select a character in the story, identify who they are using mystery story elements, support their response using text evidence and then identify something they do or say which helps us learn about them.
· Page 8 is ideal for enrichment for your students during this lesson. Students will write a paragraph in response to a text-based question. This will require them to identify a character, their role in the story and make a text-to-text connection.
· Page 9 is a graphic organizer, which focuses on students identifying the mystery in their story and then making a prediction about it. Students will then identify how the mystery was solved and discuss whether or not their prediction was correct.
· Page 10 is a writing prompt great for challenging higher-level readers and writers. It requires students to identify the mystery in their story using text evidence and the solution to their mystery. Students will then think about the lesson that their characters learned throughout the story.
These are Mystery Story Elements Case Sheets. Students can complete this while reading a story independently. The will find the mystery, victim, detective, and a relevant clue. Each answer should be supported with text evidence. Page 11 has the definition of each element and page 12 just has the element listed for differentiation.
These pages are for clue analysis as the students are reading through their books. Each page has a spot for 3 different clues. Students can use these to keep track of the clues the detective finds in the story to help make them predictions about the mystery. Page 14 has an added spot for finding the Red Herring which is only found in some stories and is great for students reading higher level books.
This is a suspect list for the students to keep track of who each of the suspects are in their story. They should use text evidence to support why each character is a suspect.
This organizer is a character analysis using the do, see, say and think method. Students will analyze the victim and the detective to learn more about them by finding key things that they do, see, say or think within the story.
Students will focus on making predictions throughout the story. Students will write a prediction and discuss why they think this using evidence from their stories.
Students will compare books in a series. They will identify similarities and differences within stories from the same series or from the same genre.