Genre Study Unit 1: Mystery
Big Idea/Essential Questions:
- How do the essential elements of a mystery affect its quality?
- How is mystery unique as a genre?
- How do great mystery writers hook and hold their readers?
Intended Learning Outcomes:
- I can identify and recognize the key characteristics of the mystery genre both through class discussions and by listening to and reading mysteries.
- I can apply the information and terminology I have learned about mysteries using a graphic organizer to create my own mystery story outline.
- I can synthesize my knowledge about mystery stories by using the graphic organizers to write a mystery story that incorporates the key characteristics I have discussed with my classmates.
- I can practice working collaboratively and using my analytic skills by editing others’ work.
- I can practice revising my own writing using peer feedback.
characters clues distractions
plot setting structure
alibi breakthrough clue
crime deduction detective
evidence hunch motive mystery red herring
sleuth suspect witness
Additional Attached Resources:
The 39 Clues – Various Authors
Cam Jansen Mysteries – David Adler
The Boxcar Children – Gertrude Ann Warner
Jigsaw Jones – James Preller
Encyclopedia Brown – Donald J. Sobol