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Mystery Lesson Introduction and Vocabulary

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Mystery Lesson Introduction and Vocabulary

  1. 1. 5 Minute Mysteries
  2. 2. Why Mysteries? • Help to determine which details are important • Practice supporting an answer with evidence from the text
  3. 3. Vocabulary • Alibi: An excuse that an accused person uses to show that he or she was not at the scene of the crime • Breakthrough: A discovery that helps solve the crime • Clue: A fact or object that gives information toward solving the crime • Crime: An action that breaks the law • Deduction: Drawing a conclusion • Detective: An investigator looking for and gathering clues • Evidence: A thing or statement that helps to prove who committed the crime
  4. 4. • Hunch: A guess or feeling not based on facts • Motive: A reason that a person does something — can include anger, hatred, love, or greed • Mystery: Something that is unknown • Opportunity: A fact proving or reason why someone could have committed the crime. • Red herring: A false clue that throws the investigator off track • Sleuth: An investigator • Suspect: Person who has a motive to have committed a crime • Witness: Person who has knowledge about a crime
  5. 5. Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Read the mystery silently. Re-read the story again looking for clues. Determine what the crime or question is Identify the possible suspects. Highlight, circle, or underline important clues in the text. 6. Fill-out graphic organizer using evidence from the story. 7. Solve the mystery and explain WHY!

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