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Mystery Stories and Powerful Verbs

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This lesson focuses on how mystery stories are made interesting by using powerful verbs to describe actions and by using conjunctions to vary the length of sentences. This unit also looks at main and subordinate clauses and subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.

There is a five-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end of this lesson which will develop classroom teachers’ skill set. This CPD consists of a research extract on independent learning with a five-minute activity based on this extract.   


These evidence-based learning (EBL) lessons are based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to maximise thinking, learning and attainment. From an extensive review of educational research, we identified the eight key classroom thinking and learning skills that were common across these research papers. We named these eight key skills “EBL skills”.

EBL skills have been proven by research to maximise learning because they combine the most productive thinking skills with the most effective learning behaviours. Each of our evidence-based learning lessons uses the English curriculum as a framework through which the eight EBL skills are delivered.

Teachers also have the opportunity to add to their own skill set or refresh their existing skills with our five-minute CPD activity, based on one of the EBL skills used in this lesson.

The skills in bold below are the EBL skills developed in this Familiar Settings lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for Mystery Stories and Powerful Verbs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    Unlock the Suspense: Teaching Powerful Writing with “Mystery Stories and Powerful Verbs”

    Are you on the hunt for a captivating resource to elevate your upper primary students’ writing skills while instilling valuable evidence-based learning strategies? Look no further than the “Mystery Stories and Powerful Verbs” lesson, the eighth instalment in the engaging KS2 Familiar Settings series.

    This meticulously crafted lesson takes a deep dive into the art of crafting suspenseful mystery stories, equipping your Year 5 and Year 6 pupils with the tools to captivate their readers through the strategic use of powerful verbs and masterful sentence construction. By exploring the nuances of action and linking verbs, conjunctions, and clauses, your students will unlock the secrets to creating narratives that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

    But the benefits extend far beyond mere writing proficiency. Seamlessly woven into the lesson are collaborative activities that foster vital evidence-based learning (EBL) skills, including independent learning, collaborative skills, thinking skills, and peer assessment. These research-backed strategies ensure that your students not only enhance their writing abilities but also develop essential lifelong learning competencies.

    One standout feature of this lesson is the inclusion of a five-minute evidence-based CPD (Continuing Professional Development) activity tailored specifically for teachers. This insightful segment delves into the realm of independent learning, providing you with a research-backed extract and a practical activity to bolster your classroom practices. By investing in your professional growth, you’ll be better equipped to nurture your students’ independent learning abilities, fostering a culture of self-motivated exploration and knowledge acquisition.

    Star Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

    The “Mystery Stories and Powerful Verbs” lesson deserves a resounding five-star rating for its masterful blend of captivating writing instruction and evidence-based learning strategies. Prepare to witness your students’ writing soar to new heights as they navigate the thrilling world of mystery stories, harnessing the power of language to create suspense and intrigue. Simultaneously, they’ll develop invaluable EBL skills that will serve them well across all academic disciplines and beyond.

    Embrace this exceptional resource and unlock a world of possibilities for your upper primary learners. Engage them in the art of storytelling while fostering their critical thinking, collaboration, and self-directed learning abilities – a winning combination for success in the classroom and beyond.

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Mystery Stories and Powerful Verbs - Familiar Settings (upper) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Mystery Stories and Powerful Verbs