A Life filled with Literacy

A newsletter for Saint Anne School (Oct. 2017)

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By: Nicole Hughes, Literacy Coach

At St. Anne School, our students are fortunate to have the chance to read and appreciate numerous genres of literature. Our classroom teachers and our librarian, Mrs. Bush, help our children fall in love with reading every day! For October, it feels fitting to focus on MYSTERY books. Read below for more information on why the mystery genre matters and to get some great recommendations.

Mystery Genre

The mystery genre is a great way to engage students in reading. Mysteries help build comprehension skills and improve critical thinking.

Mysteries keep the attention of the reader! No matter what the age, students will want to solve a good whodunit. An unsolved mystery can take place anywhere, so this genre will take students all over the world.

Critical Thinking & Deductive Reasoning
When reading a mystery, students must use facts and reasoning to come to an opinion. They will use logic to analyze the mystery, evaluate possible solutions, and follow sequential steps to arrive at a conclusion. These same steps are required in any problem-solving situation.

Supports Comprehension
The mystery genre introduces students to multiple text types, new vocabulary, and gives plenty of content to ask comprehension questions. You can ask your children: "who, what, where, when, and why" questions with a mystery. Or delve deeper and ask students to make a connection between themselves and the story, form an opinion and express a personal point of view, or compare two characters.

If you don't have time to read an entire mystery novel, try short mystery books, like: Two Mysteries or Short Mysteries You Solve With Science. These would be great family read-alouds! Each chapter takes less than five minutes and initiates critical thinking and deep discussions.

Suggestions for Reading Aloud

Literacy in action at SAS