Reading Mysteries: Choice Independent Reading Mini-Project

Reading Mysteries: Choice Independent Reading Mini-Project
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Ready to help your students uncover the mystery genre in a differentiated way? Use this set of 3 short activities to fairly assess choice reading.

This assignment, meant to assess student comprehension during and after reading, will help students understand the mystery genre and practice identifying some of the elements of literature within choice YA or classic books. Differentiate to students by helping them choose the right books for them and diagnose their ability to choose and explain text evidence!

Whether you use this project alone, add it to a mystery unit, or use this just to assess independent reading, these activities can be taught in a condensed manner or percolate in the background (perhaps as homework) simultaneously with other things you are teaching.

This 5-page, editable download includes:

Overview/Directions page: Gives context for the project as well as reading guidelines and 25 book recommendations
Graphic organizer: 2-page structured handout that asks students to correctly identify plot, characters, setting, theme, sub-genres, and summary about their books
Evidence Tracker: a simpler version of my Literary Analysis "Case File" Project, students identify direct clues or implied evidence DURING reading, predict what it foreshadows/means, and then decide later if they were right.
Book Talk template: After reading, students advertise books to others; you choose if students orally present them or just hang them for display!

CCSS Standards utilized: RL.1, RL.2, RL.3, RL.10 for grades 6-8

COMING SOON: Other genre-specific reading activities to apply to choice novels! :-)

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5 pages
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Teaching Duration
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