This is a powerpoint presentation including text-dependent questions designed to guide 6th grade students through the study of the novel, The Christopher Killer and the mystery genre. The majority of these questions are aligned to the 6th grade CCLS, although there are a few questions mixed in simply to ensure student understanding. This powerpoint fits into the larger 6th grade Mystery unit that is also available for sale.
While these questions could simply be used for student comprehension packets, I used them as in-class questions for written answers, or group discussions. At the beginning of class, I had students "set up their notebooks for The Christopher Killer." Students would divide their notebook page into four quadrants, waiting for the questions to come up as we listened to the audiobook (available at audible.com). Each question comes up individually through the powerpoint animation settings. My students, from the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, were not grade-level readers, but were definitely grade-level thinkers. This presentation format was a great way to ensure rigor, while scaffolding for my inner-city students' needs.
About The Christopher Killer: This book was a nice place to start with 6th graders on mystery. Many of them had studied mysteries in the lower grades, and also watched crime shows on TV, so they needed a little something different to capture their attention. The main character is a high school student obsessed with forensic science who breaks the rules to be a part of an investigation. It is also the first book in a series, which I like to start with to encourage my students to read on in the series if they liked the first one.
Summary from amazon.com: As the daughter of a Colorado County coroner, seventeen-yearold Cameryn Mahoney is no stranger to death. in fact, she’s always been fascinated by the science of it. so she’s thrilled to finally get some hands-on experience in forensics working as her father’s assistant. but Cammie is in for more than she bargained for when the second case that she attends turns out to be someone she knows—the latest victim of a serial killer known as the Christopher Killer. And if dealing with that isn’t hard enough, Cammie soon realizes that if she’s not careful, she might wind up as the killer’s next victim. . . .