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
Free Samples from The Westing Game Book Unit
If you would like to try out The Westing Game Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains the following free samples from the unit:
- Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-2
- Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
- Sunset Towers Graphic Organizer
- Constructive Response – Setting
- Lesson #1 – What is a Mystery?
- + Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit is Like
The Westing Game Book Unit
The Westing Game Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, constructive response writing, and skill practice.
Writing a Mystery Unit
For teachers who would like just the Writing a Mystery without the full The Westing Game Book Unit, I have a product for you.