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    mystery writing
    By Lynne

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    After studying a couple of mysteries such as Encyclopedia Brown, Bunnicula, and The Box Car Children,we brainstorm characteristics found in mysteries and make a chart.We also use some sort of graphic organizer such as a storyboard or a flow chart. Then I give groups of children large baggies filled with items to use in writing their own mysteries. One baggie had opera glasses, an Italian lire(SP?) note, a long white glove, a silk rose, and a few other such items. It's fun to watch them force associations between the objects and then use them as clues or events in their stories. They are allowed to work in temas, groups or alone.

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