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CSI - Forensic Crime Solving



mystery in small business marketing, blogging, advertising, entrepreneur



Essential Questions

How do writers create narratives to entertain audiences?

How is mystery writing different from other narrative writing?

Unit Questions:

How do writers effectively use the writing process?

How do the beginning, middle, and end of a story affect the overall structure?

Content Questions:

What are the story elements of mystery writing?

What are the steps in the writing process?

Technology Questions:

How has word processing changed creative writing?

How do Internet resources help foster creative thinking?

Sherlock Holmes 5 Rules of Detection 


1. Nothing is irrelevant

2. Notice what you see

3. Beware the deceptiveness of the ordinary

4. The bizarre is not necessary

5. Presume nothing


http://library.thinkquest.org/5109/What_a_Mystery.html - What is a Mystery?


http://www.braingle.com/Mystery.html - Mystery Brain Teasers


http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mystery/index.htm - Writing with Writers


Reading a Mystery


Mystery Reader's Vocabulary http://www.mysterynet.com/learn/lessonplans/vocab.worksheet.shtml


http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/words.pdf - Mystery Words


http://library.thinkquest.org/5109/What_a_Mystery.html - Mystery Vocabulary


http://printables.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/00/DOT00_940.pdf - Ingredients for a Mystery


Steven J. Cannel Interview



http://printables.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/00/DOT00_929.pdf - Detective Case Report


http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/hound/tg_log.pdf - Detective's Log - Keeping Track of a Case


http://kids.mysterynet.com/history-kids/ - History of Mystery


TED ED - Mystery Writing 




http://www.mysterynet.com/learn/why/ - Bloom's Taxonomy in Mystery Reading


http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/mystery_cube/ - Mystery Cube


http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/organizer.pdf - Mystery Graphic Organizer


http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/guide.pdf - Mystery Elements Writing Guide


http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/peer-edit.pdf - Super Sleuth Peer Editing Sheet




http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/elements.pdfMystery Elements



http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/rubric.pdf - Mystery Writing Rubric







What makes a good mystery?


What is your favorite mystery book? TV Show? Movie?


What do you find suspenseful?


How did the author make you curious?


What do you think makes a good mystery?



http://www.mysterynet.com/twist/ - Mystery Story with a Twist


http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mystery/index.htm - Mystery Writing - Scholastic


http://library.thinkquest.org/J002344/?tqskip1=1 - Mystery Activities


http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson40/RWT024-1.pdf - Detective's Handbook


http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/expository-escapade-detective-handbook-40.html - Detective Powerpoint


WORDS YOU SHOULD KNOWHere is the vocabulary list of mystery. Study these so when you go to play games, you'll know what each word means. This will help your knowledge of mystery expand. We hope you have a lot of fun, while learning some!

alibi detective plot sleuth
breakthrough evidence purloin suspect
clue hunch red herring victim
crime motive setting witness
deduce mystery    

alibi - an excuse that an accused person uses to show that he/she was somewhere else than at the scene of the crime 

breakthrough - an advance or discovery that helps solve a crime

clue - a fact or object that helps to solve mysteries

crime - an act committed in violation of the law

deduce- to infer by logical reasoning

detective - a person who investigates crimes and gathers information

evidence - something, such as a witness statement or
object that is used as proof in a crime

hunch - a guess or feeling not based on known facts

motive - an inner drive that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way

mystery - something that is secret and unknown

plot - the arrangement of incidents in a story

purloin - to steal or filch

red herring - something that is used to divert attention from the basic issue

setting - the time, place, environment and surrounding circumstances of a story

sleuth - another name for a detective

suspect - a person who is suspected of a crime

victim - someone who is harmed or suffers some loss

witness - someone who saw or can give a firsthand account of something

http://library.thinkquest.org/J002344/?tqskip1=1 - Solving Mysteries Group Work Sheet


 http://library.thinkquest.org/J002344/?tqskip1=1 - Mystery Site




http://www.threeinvestigatorsbooks.com/Ruined_Roses.pdf - 3 Investigators - Case of the Ruined Roses




http://library.thinkquest.org/J002344/?tqskip1=1 - The Darkmaster's Challenge


http://library.thinkquest.org/J002344/?tqskip1=1 - Short Stories with a Twist


http://www.mysterynet.com/see/ - Five Scarlet Letters


http://library.thinkquest.org/J002344/?tqskip1=1 - Interactive Mystery


http://library.thinkquest.org/J002344/?tqskip1=1 - Mystery Hunt


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/hound/ei_mystery.html - Sherlock Holmes - The Hound of the Baskervilles




http://www.paec.org/FBBR/MnM/PAEC_Casebook.pdf - Middle Mystery Casebook


http://volweb.utk.edu/Schools/bedford/harrisms/mystery.htm - Mystery Site


http://www.nclark.net/Forensics - Forsenics


http://www.fbi.gov/fun-games/kids/kids - FBI Site for Kids


https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/index.html - CIA Site for Kids


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/mystery/game.html - PBS Mysteries


 http://www.glassgiant.com/wanted/ - Make Your Own Wanted Poster


http://pal.lternet.edu/docs/outreach/educators/education_pedagogy_research/using_case_studies_in_middle_school_classrooms.pdf - The Fish Kill Mysteries


 http://www.nclark.net/ForensicChem - Forensics


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/education/activities/2214_arsonist.html - Hunt for the Serial Arsonist


http://sciencespot.net/Media/cookiemys.pdf - North Pole Bureau of Investigations




 http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson796/puzzle.pdf - Mystery Puzzle Project


 http://mrsfrank99.com/MYSTERY.htm - Mystery Unit




Story Writing : Mystery Writing 

Teacher Name: _________________ _________________

Student Name:     ________________________________________  







Focus on Assigned Topic  

The entire story is related to the assigned topic and allows the reader to understand much more about the topic.  

Most of the story is related to the assigned topic. The story wanders off at one point, but the reader can still learn something about the topic.  

Some of the story is related to the assigned topic, but a reader does not learn much about the topic.  

No attempt has been made to relate the story to the assigned topic.  

Spelling and Punctuation  

There are no spelling or punctuation errors in the final draft. Character and place names that the author invented are spelled consistently throughout.  

There is one spelling or punctuation error in the final draft.  

There are 2-3 spelling and punctuation errors in the final draft.  

The final draft has more than 3 spelling and punctuation errors.  


The story contains many creative details and/or descriptions that contribute to the reader's enjoyment. The author has really used his imagination.  

The story contains a few creative details and/or descriptions that contribute to the reader's enjoyment. The author has used his imagination.  

The story contains a few creative details and/or descriptions, but they distract from the story. The author has tried to use his imagination.  

There is little evidence of creativity in the story. The author does not seem to have used much imagination.  


It is very easy for the reader to understand the problem the main characters face and why it is a problem.  

It is fairly easy for the reader to understand the problem the main characters face and why it is a problem.  

It is fairly easy for the reader to understand the problem the main characters face but it is not clear why it is a problem.  

It is not clear what problem the main characters face.  


All of the written requirements (# of pages, # of graphics, type of graphics, etc.) were met.  

Almost all (about 90%) the written requirements were met.  

Most (about 75%) of the written requirements were met, but several were not.  

Many requirements were not met.  


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