Mystery writing in class? This printable is to help inspire students to plan and write mystery stories. Interactive notebook pages include ones for characters, settings, sequencing events, and clues. Rubrics for the teacher and student are also part of the PDF. It in included in our premium eMember area.
This YouTube video shows the pages in the printable for students to plan and write a mystery.
The class or homeschool writing center could be set up with folded paper envelope slots for the different ISN’s (interactive student notebook pages).
After time has been provided during writer’s workshop for a few days, then the bulletin board display could be changed by removing the work pages and placing only the rubric. This sends a silent message to students to wrap things up for writing conferences with the teacher.
Characters are to be named and also described as part of the pre-writing activities. More reluctant writers would be encouraged by the pictures and probably be able to think of clever names for them. More independent writers might want to make their own ISN page.
The setting foldable pages for student notebooks would be used in a similar way. More reluctant writers or those inspired by art might like to use the ideas provided for scenes in their stories. More independent writers would like to create their own ISN with settings they draw or name. There is a page for clues, sequencing, the story cover, writing page, and the rubrics.
Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents. Her children's books are available on Amazon. She was a public school teacher for 28 years, three of those in a desegregation school, five in schools with the Minneapolis Choice is Yours program as a Wayzata teacher. She has been trained in numerous areas such as CGI Math, the National Urban Alliance, reading strategies, writing workshop, and others listed on her about page.