The Mysteries of Harris Burdick requires students to extend belief and tap into their imaginations as they study a set of drawings left behind by a mysterious artist. This module will sharpen students’ critical thinking skills as they photograph and solve real (and imagined) mysteries and dramatically interpret various scenarios. As students closely read a variety of texts and close in on solutions to puzzles and problems, they will be on track to becoming real-life detectives.
Before you begin...
Each Artful Reading Module is flexibly designed for a 2-3 week duration. Lessons are marked for Before-, During-, or After-Reading to guide your planning. We have added a sample of a Before Reading lesson entitled Roll a Story for you to preview. Each lesson is designed in an easy to read format, with standards, materials needed, and step-by-step directions to ensure you are fully prepared when it’s time to deliver.
This module contains the following lessons:
- Roll a Story
- A Stranger Among Us
- The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
- Who Was Harris Burdick?
- Breaking News
- Capturing a Mystery
- Surprising, Interesting, Strange
At the end of the module, you will find options for summative writing tasks and optional extensions that can stretch the module further.
For your reference, we have added images of the literacy standards matrix for this module.
Splash, Visualize, Swatch, Dominant, Onomatopoeia, Unit, Length, Width, Chronological Order, Timeline
Note: This module is part of 5th Grade: Series 2. The four modules in Series 2 collectively address all National ELA and Core Arts Standards.