Christopher lets the reader know very early on that he doesn't like novels but does like mysteries. So he writes one for Siobhan's assignment, and that's the book we end up reading 7.
For a quick primer on how to pronounce Siobhan, go here. The question is, is this book a mystery or is it something else? How can the reader find out? The students start by figuring out what components make a murder mystery, then find evidence or not of these components, and wrap things up with an essay. This will take about 90 minutes. Discuss the first warm-up question in detail and ask for proof. Have students turn and share with a neighbor what they wrote for the second question. While the students are working, create a three-columned chart with 16 rows on the board one row for titles, 15 rows for components.
Review what the students found in Step 3 and write the components on the board in the first column so everyone's on the same page. They'll need this list for the next step. Make sure everyone understands what each component means as you go along. Partners will work together to create a chart and fill it in. We suggest writing one component at a time because some components won't need a lot of space like victim and some will like clues and evidence.
Their answers to each question should be a paragraph in length, and the answers should lead into one another so as to create the logical flow of an essay. To learn how to pronounce Siobhan, go here. You'll start by figuring out what components make a murder mystery, then find evidence or not of these components, and wrap things up with an essay. As a class, discuss the first warm-up question. Then turn and share with a neighbor what you wrote for the second question. With a partner, write down the components of a murder mystery novel. Go over the components so everyone's on the same page.
Make sure you understand what each component means. Work with your partner to create a chart and fill it in. Try writing one component at a time because some components won't need a lot of space like victim and some will like clues and evidence.
Your answers to each question should be a paragraph in length, and the answers should lead into one another so as to create the logical flow of an essay. View all Teaching Guides. In this guide, you'll find a re-writing activity that reflects on the importance of point of view. Here are the deets on what you get with your teaching guide: Instructions for You Objective: As a warm-up, the kiddos will answer these in writing: Why did Christopher write a murder mystery?
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