Writing a Mystery

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
    Writing a Mystery ~ Try Lesson #1 for free.
  • 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 ActivityWriting the Hook
  • 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 ExcerptThe Steps to Writing a Mystery
  • Lesson #9 ~ Transition Words
    o Foldable Graphic Organizer ~ Transition WordsTransition Words Foldable Organizer
  • Lesson #10 ~ Conclusion
    o Foldable Graphic Organizer ~ Writing a Plot Twist
    Writing a Plot Twist Organizer
  • Lesson #11 ~ Editing and Proofreading
    o Craftivity
     Writing a Mystery Craftivity

If you would like to read a blog post about The Westing Game Book click 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.
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Gay Miller


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