Lesson Plan : Mystery Lesson

Teacher Name:
 MS. ARCHAMBAULT
Grade:
 Grade 9-10
Subject:
 Language Arts

Topic:
 The Fall of the House of Usher
Content:
 Language Arts/Classic Literature
Goals:
 Process Goal: (Language Arts) Each student will listen and respond to literature using knowledge learned to construct their own text. Each student will learn how to solve and create story problems. Students will work in small groups of 3-5. They will read, analyze, and arrange mystery events and characters to determine how mysteries are constructed. Attitude Goal: (Language Arts) Each student will be willing to represent and communicate ideas from literature in personal writing and be confident enough to share their ideas with others. Students will read four novels; increase their vocabulary; be able to recognize relationships between clues and characters; make inferences; and apply the skills of logic and reasoning in making predictions and solving mysteries.
Objectives:
 Learning Objectives: SWBAT---Identify major thematic climaxes in the mystery. SWBAT---Students will understand what mysteries are by discussing mysteries that they have read or seen on TV. SWBAT---Students will organize facts and analyze characters and events to formulate a possible solution to the mystery. Students will read the History of the Mystery and take a quiz about the origins and development of mystery and crime fiction. Students will follow mystery formatting and write their own mysteries. Students will use the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and sharing) to create their own detective story using their knowledge of the basic elements of detective fiction. Students will organize facts and analyze characters and events to formulate a possible solution to the mystery. Students will read and understand several of Mystery Twists to determine how each of the mysteries evolved and how the ending was a surprise. After students read the History of the Mystery a quiz will be given about the origins and development of mystery and crime fiction. Students will follow mystery formatting and write their own mysteries. Academic: Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking, Problem Solving, and Critical Thinking Skills. Social: Group Collaboration Assessing the students learning objectives: Content and Process: Language Arts - assess students' ability to write their mystery story problems and journal entries in a clear and concise manner so that others can read and understand them. Mystery Writing - assess students' creation of mystery story scenarios as well as their solution to others' (students) detective story plots. Attitude: Language Arts and English - observe students working with their partners, working independently, and during their presentations to the class. Their behavior should display their knowledge of and confidence in the material presented.
Materials:
 Introduction to the material: The purpose of the introduction of the material is to see what the students know about mysteries. We will do this by asking the students based on that information using their prior knowledge. This can be looked at as our a series of mystery related questions as a pre-assessment. We will engage the students in the lessons by asking for their participation in problem solving/critical analysis of literature/ and possibly journal writing activities. To assess what they've learned we will look at their completion of a self-written and solved mystery story/ananlytical/critical thinking, journal writing activities, and sharing of their writing. The students will also be required to evaluate photographic analyzing for documentation for their mystery. By the end of the lesson students will be able to describe the five basic elements of detective fiction; milieu, victim, criminal, suspects, and detective and define the related vocabulary. Students will know some of the great fictional detectives of the past and present. Many handouts for mystery writing and study guides will be handed out to students as appropriate. A handout for parts of speech will be given to students especially for EL students for scaffolding and language reinforcement. Other handouts will include; flash cards, clue cube, story map for solve-it stories, writing tips log, analyzing photographic DOC's sheet, mystery trading cards that students make themselves for their characters, puzzle piece mystery book project helper sheet. Materials Needed: The Fall of the House of Usher Book, journals, Internet access, paper, pens, pencils, journals, YOUR MIND. All other materials provided. **NOTE** This lesson includes positive reinforcement sheets to give to students in regard to the quality of their writing.

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