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Mysteries

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FrontPage

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMCwok6pCFw

 

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 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjKruwAfZWk

 

 

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:     ________________________________________  

 

CATEGORY  

4  

3  

2  

1  

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.  

Creativity  

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.  

Problem/Conflict  

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.  

Requirements  

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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