Two blog post have been created for The Westing Game. This post goes over “Writing a Mystery.” If you would rather get ideas for teaching the book click here.
As I read The Westing Game for the first time, I was amazed at the twists this mystery took. So many surprises!! I knew students would want to write their own mysteries as they read this novel. This takes a lot of careful planning, so I developed a series of 11 lessons to help students map out and write a mystery. Be sure to head down to the bottom of the page for a free download which includes Lesson #1.
Lesson #1 ~ What is a Mystery?
o Foldable Graphic Organizer ~ Mysteries vs. Thriller Genre
Lesson #2 ~ Planning a Narrative (Mystery)
o Three Planning Graphic Organizers
Lesson #3 ~ The Hook
o Foldable Graphic Organizer ~ Types of Hooks
Cards with Mystery Beginnings (20 Cards)
o Printable for Card Activity
Lesson #4 ~ Imagery
o Printables for Setting (Imagery) Practice
Lesson #5 ~ Point of View
o Foldable Graphic Organizers ~ Point of View
o Printable Point of View Practice
Lesson #6 ~ Dialogue
o Foldable Graphic Organizer ~ Quotations
o Printable for Writing Dialogues
Lesson #7 ~ Figurative Language
o Figurative Language Chart
Lesson #8 ~ Writing the Story
o Foldable Graphic Organizer ~ Writing the Story
o Mystery Excerpt
Lesson #9 ~ Transition Words
o Foldable Graphic Organizer ~ Transition Words
Lesson #10 ~ Conclusion
o Foldable Graphic Organizer ~ Writing a Plot Twist
Lesson #11 ~ Editing and Proofreading
If you would like to read a blog post about The Westing Game Bookclick here.
Lesson #1 Sample
This free sample item includes “Writing a Mystery Lesson #1” plus samples from The Westing Game Book Unit. To get your free samples click here.
Writing a Mystery Unit
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