Author:
Kristin Robinson
Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School
Tags:
  • CAST
  • Clusive
  • ELA
  • Lesson Plans & Materials
  • Mystery
  • Worksheet
  • clusive
  • lesson-plans-materials
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Text/HTML

    Education Standards

    Student Activity: What’s in a mystery?

    Student Activity: What’s in a mystery?

    Overview

    This handout is a short set of questions for students to use to explore the elements of the mystery genre. When they use thisy, students will be able to

    • List core elements of mystery stories
    • Identify how the core elements of a mystery story are manifested in a story they are currently reading.

     

     

    What’s in a mystery?

    This resources is a series of questions to help students to analyze mystery stories. Questions prompt students to find the key elements of mysteries in one or more stories. It can be used as an exploratory activity to help students discover how these elements are used in the genre, or as an activity that implements the teaching about the genre that you have already done.

    Some pre-teaching or post-teaching on six key aspects of the mystery genre should happen. The six elements this resource uses are:

    Character

    Setting

    Plot

    Problem

    Cliffhanger

    Solution

    Character

    • Who are the characters in the story?
    • What makes one or more of the characters unforgettable to you? (how they look, how they act, what they say, for example)
    • If there is a narrator, how do you know you can, or cannot, trust the narrator says?  

    Setting

    • Where does the mystery take place?
    • Is there a place, a country or time period named?
    • How else does the writer make the story feel like it’s happening in a particular place?

    Plot

    • What happens in the beginning?
    • What happens in the middle?
    • What happens in the end?

    Problem

    • What is the problem that need to be solved in the mystery? Why does it need to be solved?
    • What are some clues in the story? Why do you think this is a clue?
    • What are some false (misleading) clues in the story? How do you know they are false clues? When do you know they are false clues?

    Cliffhanger

    • Where does the story make you feel anxious or worried about what will happen? 
    • Where in the story does it seem uncertain what will happen next?

    Solution

    • What is the solution?
    • How do you feel about the solution?
    • Do you think you, the reader, had enough clues to solve it for yourself?