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Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief 6th Grade Unit

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
Genre
Mysteries
Concepts Taught
Character, Drawing Conclusions, Genre, Plot, Predicting

Lessons

Genre Lesson What is a Mystery? Identify the elements of a mystery.
Lesson 1 Mysterious Plot Problems Describe the mysteries, or plot problems that need to be solved, in a piece of detective fiction.
Lesson 2 Identifying Clues to Help Solve a Mystery Draw conclusions about which details in a mystery are useful clues.
Lesson 3 Character’s Motive Draw a conclusion about characters’ possible motives for committing a crime, in order to determine which characters are suspects.
Textual Analysis Lesson Forensic Science Files: Handwriting Analysis Use the Textual Analysis process to answer comprehension questions about a text.
Lesson 4 Predicting a Mystery’s Solution Predict the solution to a mystery based on what they know about character motivation and possible clues.
Lesson 5 Red Herrings Identify red herrings used to mislead the reader.

Build Background Knowledge

Build background knowledge for this unit by introducing your students to forensic science. Explain that forensic science is the use of science to solve a crime. Forensic scientists analyze evidence to help police detectives identify and find a criminal or understand how a crime happened. Forensic scientists might analyze a fingerprint left behind at a crime scene. Each human's fingerprint is unique. A forensic scientist might also analyze tracks left by the criminal's shoes. For example, the kind of dirt left behind by a shoe might tell you where the criminal was just before the crime or what type of shoes the criminal was wearing. Forensic scientists can also analyze blood splatter, bullet holes, ink, and handwriting. To learn more about handwriting analysis, read the Textual Analysis passage for this unit.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

Day 1

Begin Genre Lesson (through Guided Practice)

Begin Reading Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief,Chapters 1-5

Day 2

Finish Reading Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief,Chapters 1-5

Complete the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 3

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 1-5

Day 4

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 1-5

Day 5

Begin Lesson 1

Day 6

Lesson 1 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 1 in the Student Packet

Day 7

Begin Reading Chapters 6-10

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 6-10

Day 8

Finish Reading Chapters 6-10

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 6-10

Day 9

Begin Lesson 2

Day 10

Lesson 2 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 2 in the Student Packet

Day 11

Begin Reading Chapters 11-13

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 11-13

Day 12

Finish Reading Chapters 11-13

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 11-13

Day 13

Begin Lesson 3

Day 14

Lesson 3 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 3 in the Student Packet

Day 15

Textual Analysis Lesson

Day 16

Begin Reading Chapters 14-16

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 14-16

Day 17

Finish Reading Chapters 14-16

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 14-16

Day 18

Begin Lesson 4

Day 19

Lesson 4 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 4 in the Student Packet

Day 20

Begin Reading Chapters 17-19

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 17-19

Day 21

Finish Reading Chapters 17-19

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 17-19

Day 22

Begin Lesson 5

Day 23

Lesson 5 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 5 in the Student Packet

Day 24

Review for the Unit Assessment

Day 25

Unit Assessment

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