For the first part of the Mystery WebQuest, you and your partner will become detectives. As a detective team, you should look for clues in each story you read and carefully note the important elements, while completing the mystery literature chart.

  1. After the lecture about mystery literature, which will introduce you to many key terms and concepts related to mystery literature, review the description of mysteries provided at Wikipedia:

2. Review the list of mystery vocabulary at:

3. Print the mystery literature chart, which lists common elements of mystery literature. Fill in the chart as you complete the next step.


4. Read the short mystery stories at the following URLs: (note that the story is 3 pages) (2 pages) (2 pages)

5. Search for an additional short mystery story, record the title, author, and URL on the mystery literature chart, and read the story. Some places you might want to search:

Make sure that your chart is complete and you understand each of the five stories. Ask for help from your teacher or peers if you are unsure about something.



Now that your detective work on mystery literature is done, it is time to put your knowledge of mystery literature to work for you, and write your own mystery story!

1. Brainstorm with your partner on ideas for each of the elements of mystery literature, such as: Character, Problem, Suspects, Clues, and Climax. You may want to inlcude things like: an intelligent main character, a more passive secondary character, multiple suspects, clues and red herrings, and plot twists. For some inspiration, you may use the"story starters" listed here: 

2. Create a concept map with Inspiration software, using this guide as a starting point.

3. Working together, write your story using the concept map as a guide. The final draft should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced. See the Evaluation section for further guidelines.