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Grade: 3-5
Subject: Literature

#1175. Suspects Lesson

Literature, level: 3-5
Posted Sun Dec 9 14:09:14 PST 2012 by Marchelle Vlasov (Marchelle Vlasov).
Hunter College, New York City, USA

Group Lesson
Mini Lesson: Suspects
Connection:
Yesterday we talked about what mystery readers notice when something is out of place. Another idea that came up yesterday was about Suspects.
Teaching Point:
The students will learn how to identify the suspects of a mystery book by looking at the character's descriptions, suspicious thoughts or actions and possible motive.
Teaching:
Today we will talk about SUSPECTS. Suspects are people who might have committed the crime. They have a MOTIVE for committing a crime. A MOTIVE is the reason for making a choice or completing an action. In a mystery, a character's motive is his/her possible reason for committing a mysterious action, a crime or causing a problem. Thinking about the motive helps us identify a suspect. You can find a character's motive or reason for committing the crime by thinking about the CHARACTER'S DESCRIPTION, THOUGHTS and ACTIONS. A character without MOTIVE OR SUSPICIOUS INFORMATION usually won't be a suspect.
(I will present them with a chart that shows the three important things to take note in identifying the suspects: Character's Description, Suspicious Thoughts or Actions and Possible Motive.) A great way to keep track is to use this chart.
Active Involvement:
In this chart, I have identified one suspect from the book Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief. I think that the hotel manager is the thief. (Then I will read what I wrote in the chart). Now I am going to give you time to think about another possible suspect. Turn and talk to your partner. (After that, I will be asking them to describe the character, list their suspicious thoughts or actions and most importantly, his/her possible motive.)
Link:
When you go back to your chairs with your reading partner, do the same activity using the book you are reading. I will keep the chart on the board for reference. Use the chart that I have prepared for you which exactly looks the same as the one on the board.