“Mysteries have the ability to get reluctant readers and writers enthusiastic about reading, thinking, and writing. Mysteries often contain intriguing characters and are often able to hold a student’s interest with their suspenseful and dynamic plots. Mysteries are a wonderful vehicle for teaching critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills in an exciting and enjoyable way.”
(Scholastic unit plan here: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/exploring-mystery-genre ).
An example of a mystery is:
The delightful movie based upon this book is:
Today’s Assignment: Write a mystery or add a mysterious element to a work-in-progress.
More resources at: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/cube_creator/