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Writing Compelling Mysteries for Grades 4-8: Creating a Mystery From History

In this two-day class, students will write a mystery story that examines a mystery from history, and teaches students how to write their own historical mystery story.
Mrs. Love
132 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 7 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will be able to incorporate sensory and descriptive details when writing about an unsolved mystery from history. Students will be able to conduct brief research about the unsolved mystery from history. Students will be able to think creatively about characterization of 1-2 characters in their story, as well as write a story based on what they have researched. Students will be able to plan their mystery by asking questions along the way as they develop the plot. Students will recognize the important element of "write from what you know" when creating stories, as well as the importance of research, time, place, and lifestyles during the historical period of time they are writing from. 
Students will be encouraged to work on their short story outside of our class time by incorporating elements of what was learned during our sessions. 
Access to the Internet; Students may choose to write their stories with pencil and paper or on Word/Google Docs.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will be informally assessed based on writing contribution, ideas, and creativity through the lessons, as well as what was incorporated in their writing and whether they met the learning objective. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
We will be exploring four different "unsolved mysteries from history" and researching facts and ideas about it as the basis for our historical fiction mystery writing. We will briefly spend time gathering information about the mysteries behind The Loch Ness Monster, The Bermuda Triangle, The Lost City of Atlantis, and Stonehenge. We will create a shared writing piece that seeks to solve the mystery for one of these historical events/places, and then students will create their own fiction writing using one of the events as the basis for their story. Students will be asked to keep content in writing appropriate for age, purpose, and writing task as they create their own independent mystery story. Students will theorize what they think might have happened, but will be guided in examining multiple perspectives and ideas. 
We will use the book "Reading and Writing Mysteries" for grades 4-8 as a baseline for each lesson in this course series. Students will also conduct brief research on the Internet during certain classes and will be guided on keeping their research objective and appropriate.  


Mrs. LoveK-12 English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher with Middle School Focus
132 total reviews
159 completed classes

About Me


My name is Mrs. Love, and I have been a middle school Language Arts and Social Studies teacher for the past ten years. Additionally, I have designed curriculum and taught several middle school elective classes, such as creative writing,... 
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