- Easier - A mystery is
something that is difficult to explain or understand.
Mysteries are also stories where a problem, crime, or
puzzle must be solved.
- Harder - Mysteries
often contain secrets or hidden qualities that must be
solved. There may be information that is unknown and
must be explained. Professional detectives and sleuths
seek out clues to solve mysteries. To solve a mystery,
people must use their skills at deductive
- Mysteries are a popular genre of fiction. Many
people enjoy reading series of books by the same
author. For example, Sherlock Holmes is a classic
- Case for
- Designed for children and young adults, this site
contains mysteries to solve, scary stories, magic
tricks, and contests.
- More websites for children:
- 2) Two Minute Mystery Club
- This site is a great starting point for locating
mystery books and stories as well as author and
- More at the same site:
- 2) Beginner's Guide to Mystery
- 2) Juvenile and Young Adult Mysteries
- Explore the world of mysteries. This website
contains online mysteries as well as lots of
information about mysteries and mystery writing. This
site contains information for mystery lovers of all
- Not-To-Be-Missed Section:
- Kids Mysteries from MysteryNet http://kids.mysterynet.com
- This website contains excellent science
- After visiting several of the
websites, complete one or more of the
following mystery activities.
- Create a Sleuth Sheet.
Brainstorm ideas for solving mysteries.
Explore tips for solving mysteries at
Tips. Create a sheet of tips to help
young sleuths solve mysteries. Try out
your tips on a mystery book. Did they
- Solve a Mystery. Go to
Minute Mystery "Solve -It" Club and
test your deductive abilities at solving
the tricky weekly mystery. If you are
looking for more mysteries to solve, then
continue on to The
Case.Com for Kids and Dakota
- Choose a Setting. Mysteries can
have many themes. You can find mysteries
that focus on cooking, gardening,
and other hobbies. What's your favorite
hobby? Write a mystery using that
- Explore American Indian
Mysteries. Read the article 'American
Indian Mysteries': A Crossover Genre Not
Quite There. Read a mystery that
includes some aspect of Native American
culture. Do a little research. Is the
culture well-represented? Why or why
- Create a Mystery Stamp. Explore
the pictures at Detective
Fiction on Stamps. Choose your
favorite mystery author or character and
create a stamp that reflects the person or
- Write a Science Mystery. Try a
science mystery at the Mystery
Spot. Choose a science topic. Mix
science and fiction to create a science
mystery of your own.
- Write a History Mystery.
Explore the world of historical
mysteries at the Historical
Mystery Homepage. Read an interactive
history mystery called the Panama
Online Colonial Mystery, and WebQuest:
Salem Mystery. Choose an event in
history to explore. Then, write a story
that mixes historical facts and fictional
- Create a Mystery Story. Use
some of the website information to help
you write your first mystery. You could
submit your finished mystery to the
Minute Mystery Writing Club (Grade
4-10), and see if your story is a
'stumper.' Another mystery writing contest
can be found at Kids'
Mystery Contest at Candlelight
Stories; you can also examine past contest
- Take a Mystery Quiz. How well
do you know Sherlock Holmes? Take the
- Learn about Crime. To write a
good mystery, you need to learn about
crime and justice. Explore the FBI
for Kids page. Choose a real court
case from CourtTV
Court. Choose some aspect of the case
and write a fictional mystery.
- Police Plots. Go to the
Image page. Use a picture as a story
starter for a mystery. Or, start with a
- Subject Area Mysteries. You can
find mysteries to solve in every subject
area. Try an art mystery called A.
Pintura: The Case of Grandpa's
Painting. Then, write your own art or
music mystery using pictures or
- Complete a Mystery Webquest.
Follow or adapt the guidelines provided as
you complete one of these webquests:
- 1) Edgar Allen Poe WebQuest
- 2) Exhibit A
- 3) The Man Who Was Poe
- 4) Mystery, Mayhem, and
- 5) Mystery Webquest http://www.wcboe.k12.md.us/mainfold/technolog/techsat/Wells/WebQuest/MysteryWebQuest.html
- 6) Sherlockian WebQuest: The search
- 7) The Westing Game WebQuest
- 8) Who killed Mr. Sam Westing?
(Westing Game book)
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Mysteries on the Net
- This project lists authors and provides mystery
games to play.
Meadows Mini-mysteries (Grade 8)
- Students at Dakota Meadows Middle School in North
Mankato, Minnesota, have written short, two-minute
mysteries. Use your wits and detective skills to solve
The True Witness
- Learn about the role of detectives and forensic
science in solving crimes.
- Find out about the history of mystery, anatomy of
a mystery, global mysteries, author tips, and other
interesting information about mystery reading and
- Learn about mysteries. Read and solve
- More Mystery Websites
Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes
- Explore the world of Sherlock Holmes. Read the
works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous character
- More Sherlock Holmes Sites:
- 2) Sherlockian.Net http://www.sherlockian.net/
Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection
- This website contains links to resources and
information on classic mystery writers and works.
to Grisham: A Brief History of the Legal
- What could be more natural than for lawyers and
legal stories to have been instrumental in the
creation of the mystery novel, and particularly, the
subgenre legal thriller?
- Do you enjoy solving crime puzzles? This website
provides links to crime puzzle websites where you get
to play detective.
Asked Questions (FAQ) about Mystery at
- This site provides insights to British
on the Web
- Learn about the Goosebumps mystery series.
to Write a Mystery by S. Tiedemann from
Writer Online Archives
- "Begin at the beginning," the Queen of Hearts said
to Alice, "and go on until you get to the end. Then
stop." Good advice for anyone writing a first mystery,
and it's equally good advice for this first column in
the new mystery section of Writer On Line.
- Other Articles by S. Tiedemann at Writer
- 2) Writing Bad: How to Create A Memorable Villain
- 3) Got a Clue? http://www.novalearn.com/wol/archives/sunnye10.htm
Elements of Mystery Writing
- L.C. Hayden, author of Who's Susan?, visits
Lincoln and gives student authors tips on mystery
- Other Tips Sites for Mystery Writing:
- 2) Getting Away With Murder: A Short Course on
Mystery Writing http://members.tripod.com/~Twyla/index-1.html
- 3) How to Write a Mystery by Gillian Roberts
- 4) Whodunnit, Howdunnit, And Whydunnit:10 Tips For
Writing Your Mystery Novel by B. Sassone
in a Flash
- Read mysteries with juvenile sleuths.
- This Arts & Entertainment (A&E) site
focuses on mysteries on televisions, discussions, and
a mystery of the day (mostly for high school age and
- This is a links-guide to mystery resources on the
- This website contains excellent science
Writers of America, Inc.
- This organization for mystery writers and other
professionals in the mystery field watches
developments in legislation and tax law, sponsors
symposia and mystery conferences, presents the Edgar
Awards, and provides information for mystery
Writing with Joan Lowery Nixon
- Learn about mysteries and mystery writing.
- Explore the world of Nancy Drew. Read and listen
to books and stories online. Learn more about the
characters and author. The site also includes lesson
- Explore mystery stories, quizzes, and games.
For Mystery Writers from Inkspot
- Here you find InkSpot resources and links to lots
of other mystery sites.
Order from the Short Mystery Fiction
- This is the online 'Mystery Newsletter' for
readers and writers of mystery fiction in the short
Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled
Slang by W. Denton
- This is the language spoken by Philip Marlowe, Sam
Spade, Mike Hammer and the Continental Op. When
Cagney, Bogart, Robinson and Raft got in a turf war,
this is how they talked.
- Explore a list of authors, titles, and sleuth
descriptions focusing on female sleuth.
- Websites for Teachers
Study/Mystery Writing (Grades 4-6)
- Students read and discuss meaning of mystery
writing. Then each chooses one mystery writer and does
indepth research on the writers life. They write a
brief summary of their author's books.
Hurst's Children's Literature Newsletter :
- Read mystery book reviews and ideas for
integrating mysteries into your classroom.
Children With Mystery Stories
- This unit contains three lessons including:
reading a mystery, be a mystery critic, and writing a
mystery story from a newspaper article.
a Mystery to Me
- This excellent article provides information on the
history or mysteries and integrating them into the
reading classroom. The article also contains lesson
plans and classroom activity ideas.
Learning from Mystery (Grade 4 and up)
- This lesson plan focuses on what mysteries are by
discussing mysteries they have read or seen on
- Students use e-mail and develop good questioning
skills by becoming inquisitive detectives.
Pictures (Grade 5-6) by M. Furst from
- Help students give and follow directions in this
As It Seems: Learning With Mysteries (Grade
- This unit plan on mysteries involves the content
areas of language arts, social studies, science, and
and Writing a Mystery (Grade 6-8)
- Students read "The Westing Game" and learn about
mystery reading and writing.
Holmes: Teaching English through Detective
- This article describes how to integrate detective
fiction into the English curriculum.
- In this 'round robin' activity, students will work
in cooperative writing groups to develop a variety of
possible stories around a single prompt.
Tips: Helping Students Write Short Mystery
- Explore this list of tips for teaching kids to
write short stories.
Minute Mystery Writing Club Preparation
- This page highlights tips for teaching the mystery
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