Valentine's Day Close Reading Mystery Digital Activity - Stolen Love Letter

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This Valentine's Day close reading digital inference mystery activity is a fun way to engage your students and challenge them to look for text evidence, infer information, and read more closely. The digital resource includes everything you need to facilitate the activity in your classroom. This works well as a Valentine's Day activity, but there are no specific holiday references so it can be used within any classroom at any time of the year.

Amanda absolutely loves Jack, but she is far too shy to tell him how she feels. In an effort to rid herself of the heartache, she writes him a love letter. She has no intention to let anyone (let alone her crush) see what's written in the letter, but when she sits down to do her homework at night, she realizes the love letter she wrote that day is missing from her pencil case! It's up to your students to use their close reading and inference skills to figure out who has it!

This is a Google-compatible activity, and students complete all the work on the computer. This works well with distance learning, 1:1 classrooms, remote teaching, Google Classroom, or for online education.

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Included In This Digital Valentine's Day Close Reading Activity:

➡️ Google Slides Presentation: This 15-slide Google Slides presentation guides the mystery with the backstory, evidence, and detailed explanations for why each suspect is innocent and why the person is guilty of taking the letter.

➡️ Original Narrative Backstory: Use this short story to set up and initiate the mystery, with clues hidden within the text!

➡️ A Variety of Digital Clues and Evidence: These require students to close read and use their inference skills. There is a class attendance list, a seating chart, a note passed between friends, an email, the love letter, a text message, a postcard, an online gaming chat room, and a detention sign-in sheet.

➡️ “Who Stole the Love Letter” Digital Graphic Organizer: Students can use this to keep track of their findings that support or refute different suspects in the mystery.

➡️ Teacher Answer Key: This is made available in print format and within the presentation slideshow to make reviewing students’ work a breeze.

How The Digital Valentine's Day Close Reading Activity Works:
  • When students enter, put them in pairs or small groups, so they can work together to try to solve the mystery.
  • Use the Google Slides to guide you through each element of the activity. The slides will help you introduce the story and evidence to each of the groups.
  • Share the digital files with students that includes the evidence students must examine. Allow them time to make their predictions and inferences and solve the mystery.
  • Once each group has made their final prediction, use the Google slides to reveal the guilty party and go through each of the suspects to show the evidence of their innocence or guilt.

What Teachers Are Saying About This Valentine's Day Close Reading Activity:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My students thoroughly enjoyed this resource!!! Loved how easy it was to use! Just print and it is ready to go! Led to some really fantastic discussion! Great collaborative activity.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ During Valentines Day I had the kids work through this love letter activity. They thought it was hilarious and a fun activity to do on Valentine's Day.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My students absolutely loved this resource! It very engaging and it got them so excited about ELA. I will definitely be using this in years to come!

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