Literary Foundations: Mysteries

What do you know about the Mystery genre?

Why is literacy important? Learners need literacy in order to engage with the written word in everyday life… Being able to read and write means being able to keep up with current events, communicate effectively, and understand the issues that are shaping our world.

  • Today’s literary skill: Fiction genre: Mysteries
  • Making the family connection: Discuss: What do you know about the mystery genre?
  • Using the slide above, read and discuss the characteristics of a mystery.
  • Next: Discuss the information on the slide. “What do they know?”; “What have they learned?” Ask: “Which mysteries have you read?”
  • Materials: family learning journals/paper, pencils, colored pencils, and/or crayons
  • Remind them to open their journals to the next available page and date it. Don’t forget to have them label the top of the page with today’s learning topic/skill.
  • Today’s literary connection: Once their journal page is ready, ask them to write down the following information: Five types of mysteries and the seven writing techniques for writing a mystery.
  • Next: Ask them to write down the title of the mystery book that they have read. Have them write why they chose that title (What makes it a book they remember? Why they liked/didn’t like reading/hearing it?).
Which title would you choose to investigate?
  • Discuss the slide above: “Have they read any of these titles?”; “Which titles seem interesting?”; “Which book cover do they wonder about (they would want to know about if they could pull it off the slide and read the back of the book).
  • Online Resources: The following online links will help you search for any of the titles on the slide above: Goodreads Fort Vancouver Library Brightly Mysteries Bookopolis
  • Finally: Make a list of book titles and take a family road trip to the Battle Ground library!

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