My two seventh grade language arts classes spent time covering a unit on the genre of mystery. The culmination of this unit was combining previously learned skills (such as sensory detail) and the genre elements to create their own mystery in the form of a classic "Choose Your Own Adventure" story. (This sounds like a relatively simple idea, but to actually plan out a story and develop a coherent plot in this style is very challenging.) We began with software called Inspiration, to help us map out plot options for the choices. Then we covered some advanced MS Word features like hyperlinking and bookmarking within the document. This skill, along with the insertion of graphics (and in one instance, sound!), combined with descriptive writing, made for some very entertaining writing.
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Story links click here. More info about the unit click here.
Short on time? Too many choices? The following students' stories received high praise from classmates: Eryn, Dee, Cacey, Mikaela, Taylor, Doug, RJ, Allie, Calin, Chelsea, Diana, Kayla, Alyssa, Chrstina, Koran.
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