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TITLE: Computer Mysteries-Lesson plan AUTHOR: Marilyn Berglin GRADE LEVEL: 5th through Senior High OBJECTIVE(s): Students will be able to recognize and write the components that make up a mystery. ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: Students think up a "Who Did It" mystery. They devise a plot, problem, cast of characters, and setting. Then, using Hypercard, Appleworks, or a wordprocessing program (Microsoft Works) they write an introduction explaining the problem and mystery to be solved. Examples: Who shot the bear in McKinley Park; who has been messing with my trampoline; or what happened to the walrus in a Nome zoo. Next: They set up files with a cast of characters and places to go that give clues to the solution. The program is similar to Carmen Santiago, but the advantage is that students usually write mysteries that are specific to their region and culture. Next: Other students try to solve the mystery by writing down clues and finally solving the mystery. I have used this project as a semester long project as a way to teach the components of literature as well as grammar and punctuation. Sometimes students incorporate visual clues with Fullpaint to give additional information. For example, one student wanted to show the different kinds of tracks found on his trampoline. This is a time consuming, difficult project, but it is an excellent learning tool.