WELCOME TO OUR CLASS MYSTERY UNIT IN THIS UNIT YOU WILL: Research and examine the story elements and vocabulary that
are characteristic of the mystery genre using the Internet and other available
materials.Identify and understand the structure of mysteries using story maps to solve mystery stories online and in class.
Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and characteristics of the mystery genre by using an outline web to plan an original mystery story, writing and revising the mystery story, and publishing it online.
Demonstrate knowledge of story elements characteristic of mysteries by completing a project about a mystery book of their own choosing.
The next phase of our mystery unit will have you reading a mystery book of your choice. You will spend time at home and in class reading your book, and will be required to check in with me regularly so that I know you are making progress.
After you have finished reading your mystery book, you will design a series of 9 puzzle pieces – each one describing or explaining a different part of the story. 1. After reading, please complete 3 of the following 6 prompts in your Reading Response Notebook:
• The most important character is…….because… • I can relate to…. • If I was the author, I’d change….. • What I think will happen next is…… • If I were….(character in story), I’d….. • I believe the author wanted the reader to……
YOUR UNIT SPOOKY TASKS: IN ORDER SO PLEASE FOLLOW AND USE THE ELA LINKS, HANDOUTS, AND ELA BLOG.
1. READ MYSTERY STORY ELEMENTS (e.g., plot, climax, setting, character, ECT. ) AND BRAINSTORM OTHER STORY ELEMENTS THAT YOU THINK RELATE TO A MYSTERY.
2. MAKE A BLOG POST OF ANY Names of some mystery stories and movies. ANSWER: WHAT MAKES THEM DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TYPES OF STORIES.
5. CREATE FLASHCARDS FOR ELEMENTS OF A MYSTERY. AS WE READ A VARIETY OF MYSTERIES AND WE SAY FLASH, YOU WILL HOLD UP THE APPROPRIATE CARD. For example, if you are reading details about a character, YOU should be holding up a character card.
6. READ "The Bus Ride" by Sahar Sabati. Complete a CLASS DIRECTED THINKING/LISTENING ACTIVITY (DT-LA).
12 READ "Survival" by John M. Floyd. Complete another DL-TA his time, focus on story elements in writing the thinking questions. HAND IN YOUR RESPONSES.
13. VIEW WEBSITE ON STORY STARTERS. AS YOU READ see how to apply mystery elements TO YOUR OWN STORY.
14. REVIEW 6+1 WRITING TRAITS PRIOR TO BEGINNING YOUR STORY. THE SITE EXPLAINS the qualities of "good" writing. The seven traits are ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. 15. VIEW Puzzle Piece Mystery Book Project handout WHICH evaluates mystery novels and identify story elements.
16. FILL OUT A MYSTERY CUBE. THIS WILL ASSIST in preparation for writing original mystery stories. Print out YOUR cubes when YOU finish them.
17. USING YOUR STORY STARTER YOU COMPLETED BEGIN WRITING USING THE WRITING PROCESS. YOU CAN BEGIN WRITING YOUR DRAFT. BE SURE TO Have 2 students peer edit and THEN YOU CAN revise YOUR stories. At this time, YOU CAN SHARE YOUR writing and discuss the reviewers' comments.
18. Finish writing YOUR mystery stories and send them to ME via e-mail