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History's Mystery

$160 per month

 1 session per week


Allison Bruning


Course Objective

Students will learn how to write an argumentative essay and develop proven research techniques by selecting a mystery to solve in their location. 


Target Student

This course is designed for students who wish to develop argumentative essay and research skills.



Students should be familiar with using personal computers and you should have used the mouse and keyboard.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the 4 forms of writing

  • Know the difference between argumentative and persuasive essays

  • Know how to understand and avoid bias

  • Understand the process of writing observational notes

  • Determine reliable and unreliable resources

  • Online research methods

  • Interview methods

  • Understanding clues

  • Putting evidence together

  • How to present an argumentative essay


Writing, Media



10 - 14 years old




Session 1: : Getting Started


The student will learn about the four forms of writing and be able to identify the difference between persuasive and argumentative essays. Information will be given for the course assigned research project which includes the steps for creating an argument and an examination of reliable resources in research.  They will also be given instruction identifying bias and learn how to avoid bias in their writing as well as information on taking observational notes.


Observational notes.

Session 2: Research Methods for Effective Writing


The student will present the observational notes assigned in lesson one and receive feedback from the teacher.  Students will review effective research methods and the steps necessary to ensure their argumentative essay contains fact, shows no bias, and uses acceptable resources to back up their information.


Begin research on chosen topic and complete interviews of live sources.

Session 3: Effective Internet Research


Students will receive feedback on their live interview information. The student will learn how to conduct research on the internet using proven methods to avoid wasting time and the use of unreliable resources.  A live search lab will assist students with understanding what steps to follow to conduct effective internet searches.  Students will also be given training on how to present an effective argument when defending their paper.


Students will complete research by using research guide handout provided.

Session 4: Compiling Evidence and Information


The student will be guided by the teacher on how to construct the argumentative essay.  They will use a mystery board to assist them in sorting the information and evidence used to write their argument.


Write argumentative essay for presentation during next lesson.

Session 5: Seek the Truth


The student will present and defend their argumentative essay in class.

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