The mystery genre of literature is an interesting one for students. It allows for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade to use comprehension strategies such as critical thinking, inferring, questioning, making schematic connections, and synthesizing. Through this unit, students in grades K-4 will be able to identify the parts of a mystery including characters/suspects, plot, and clues. They also will be able to follow the guidelines to write their own mystery. The best part of this unit will be their real-world application as they solve a classroom mystery that happened right under their noses! They will gather evidence, fingerprints, and interview suspects to find out a possible motive and alibi.
This unit (recommended for 1st-6th grade) includes a complete scripted unit plan, free printables, unit timeline, common core standards to correlate to the unit, a complete book list, enrichment opportunities, and links to technology to use within the unit.
Student Sleuths: Exploring the Mystery Genre
by Chandra Verbic
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Based on a work at www.cjayneteach.com