Mysterious Mysteries

Mysterious Mysteries

Clever detectives will explore mystery writing in this 4-week class. Includes weekly 1-hour Zoom call, engaging materials hosted on Google Classroom, and personal feedback.


10 students


Class Description:

🔎 Lesson 1: Welcome to Your First Case!
Get your first case & uncover your detective code name. Learn the elements of mystery writing: detective, crime/problem, suspects, clues, and more. Read aloud a Sherlock Holmes mystery in script format!

🕵️‍♀️ Lesson 2: Create a Detective Character!
Develop a detective character and suspects list using suspenseful music and graphic organizers. Discuss a sample story, and identify the elements of mystery writing.

🗝️ Lesson 3: Develop Clues!
Discuss types of clues and how to use them to strengthen your mystery story. Read a sample mystery that is packed with clever clues. Can you solve it?

📂 Lesson 4: Build Suspense and Solve the Case!
Learn writing techniques for building suspense. Keep your readers glued to the page! Share your stories, and put your classmates’ detective skills to the test.


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