Mystery Story Organizer Worksheet for Reading and Solving Mysteries

Mystery Story Organizer Worksheet for Reading and Solving
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This is a worksheet students can fill in as they read a mystery or suspense story. It's designed to help them solve the mystery by finding all the clues and suspects and then analyzing them.

At the same time, it gives them practice in important reading skills such as:
* reading for details
* evaluating information from different parts of a reading
* critical thinking
* reading for an unreliable narrator/character
* reading for fun

How to Use the Worksheet
As students read,they fill in the sheet. Then they can share their worksheets with other students, compare notes, and revise or add to what they have done. If the mystery is well-written, they should be able to solve the mystery!

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You can find short mystery games to read with these mysteries in the Mystery section of my store.

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How to Fill Out the Mystery Worksheet

The Crime
In the first box, students write the nature of the crime and the victim.

For example:
The Crime: A millionaire was stabbed by a knife
The Victim: Bob Robertson, businessman and investor

Clues
Next, they can list all the clues, including:
* what exactly the clue is: the knife found next to the body
* why it is important it had no blood on it, it was from the house next door
* which character the clue points to or doesn't point to: Mr. Thompson lives next door and likes to clean things

The Suspects
In the third part of the worksheet, students should write all the suspects, including
* their names
* their potential motive for committing the crime would inherit money
* their alibi at the movies
* reasons why we might or might not suspect them He gets angry quickly
* anything else significant about the suspect He has a thick accent. This is a good place for students to note something the author emphasizes about the character, although it make no sense at the time. These details may come up later if a witness remembers an accent or someone notices the suspect's accent is not accurate.

Whodunit?
When students have filled out the sheet and analyzed the clues and talked to their classmates, they will be ready to say who think the criminal is!

There's space here to write:
* who did it
* how they did it
* why
* any leftover questions. This is a good place for students to note loose ends Why did the victim's brother lie to the police? areas of the story that seemed unbelievable Would a son really steal from his dad without asking for the money first? and anything else they are interested in How loud is a gun shot really?

These can then be the basis of follow-up activities such as:
* rewriting the story
* writing a critical review of the story
* discussing common plot holes in mysteries
* research on how realistic the details in the story were.


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If you're looking for a story or short mystery exercise to use with these worksheets look no further than my Clue by Clue exercises in the mystery section of my store!
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