Scenarios to Plot a Mystery Story Creative Writing Activity | Distance Learning

Charlene Tess
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9th - 12th
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This is a fun, creative writing assignment in which students use their imaginations to create a scenario that could be converted into a mystery story.

Nine scenarios and lists of suspects are presented and then students must decide how and why the crime was committed. The tenth scenario is left entirely up to the student to create.

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I am an educator with over 35 years of classroom experience. I have taught English, journalism, and creative writing to students in grades 7-12, and I have developed my resources based on lessons that were successful with my students.

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This is the lesson that I used in my creative writing classes as a prewriting assignment to prepare students for writing an original mystery story.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


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