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ELA
Grade
5

Mysteries, Solved!

What makes mystery readers keep turning the pages?

Project Description

In this project, students work in literature circles to read and analyze mystery* stories/novels. Through small-group and whole-group discussions, students construct a set of shared criteria for a highly effective mystery, and then work in teams to write mystery stories that incorporate these elements.

*Note that this project can also be applied to other genres, such as adventure stories.