Mystery Writing Unit - 3 Engaging Activities

Mystery Writing Unit - 3 Engaging Activities
Mystery Writing Unit - 3 Engaging Activities
Mystery Writing Unit - 3 Engaging Activities
Mystery Writing Unit - 3 Engaging Activities
Mystery Writing Unit - 3 Engaging Activities
Mystery Writing Unit - 3 Engaging Activities
Mystery Writing Unit - 3 Engaging Activities
Mystery Writing Unit - 3 Engaging Activities
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Add some writing to your genre study! Choose from three activities: (1) puzzle pictures, (2) choose-your-own-clues paper bag stories, or (3) traditional mapped mysteries. Kids love them!

Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, this set of activities is classroom tested and kid approved.

The projects are sequenced from simplest to most complex. If you want shorter bursts of writing, create pictures or use paper bags. To really develop writing skills, try the mapped detective story. For differentiation, you can assign activities based on readiness. Or, if you’re like me, have all students do all three!

Puzzle Pictures - This little activity is really a craft. It makes a great classroom display. Kids print or cut pictures of well-known objects, animals, or people. Then they write clues beneath the picture. They cut a small hole in a piece of construction paper and staple the it on top of the picture. Classmates study a small piece of the picture through the hole, read the clues, and guess what it is. Then they lift the construction paper to see if they’re right.

Paper Bag Stories - To prepare for this activity, cut and fold three sets of cards: character, setting, and situation. Place each set in a labeled paper bag. Students pick one card from each bag, then develop a story around them.

Mapped Detective Story - Kids develop their own plots. First, they read and analyze “The Case of the Missing Cookies” (included). Then they take these steps to organize, develop, and write their own whodunits:

  • Choose a problem/crime.
  • Explore setting.
  • Develop characters - including suspects with motive and opportunity.
  • Map the plot with at least three clues and one red herring.
  • Experiment with beginnings and endings; choose a pair.
  • Draft.
  • Edit with a peer.
  • Publish.

Click PREVIEW for a sample.

Enjoy!

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I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated on January 21, 2020.

Detectives Clip Art Bundle was created by EduClips.

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With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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