What is the perfect way for students to practice narrative writing? Mystery stories! This genre instantaneously hooks a reader's attention, poses thought-provoking questions, keeps a reader in suspense, and stimulates discussion. The Young Authors: Mystery Story Unit focuses on the following concepts:
-Reading, understanding, and appreciating classic mystery literature
-Effective story structure: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution
-Mystery and narrative vocabulary: suspense, motive, foreshadowing, crucial clues, and red herrings
-Creating a lead that hooks the reader's attention
-Using specific nouns, vivid verbs, descriptive adjectives, and fitting adverbs
-Writing and punctuating dialogue
-Creating realistic in-the-moment thoughts of the main character
-Revising and editing
This step by step guide is easy to use and shows students how easy it is to create a mystery story. My students are excited to share their ideas with me through the brainstorming and drafting stages, and they are so proud of their work that they produce. It stimulates creative thinking and quality writing from all of my students. Filled with reproducibles, real mystery examples, revising and editing checklists, a rubric, and even a student reflection at the end, this jam packed unit is ready to go!
Made and tested in the classroom by Pride and Prepositions.
Perfect for use in the fall around Halloween!