Students think about and analyze small parts of a text before
they read the complete text. The mystery seminar encourages involvement and curiosity that activates attentive listening. Students are also active and moving around the class looking at different sentences and phrases. Students anticipate, predict, and infer what they think they will find in the complete text. Students are encouraged to share what they think is happening in the “mystery text” unread text. Because students will be making inferences, see underlying relationships that should be compared and contrasted through dialogue. Students look for chronological order, logical sequencing, and they must draw on prior knowledge to solve the mystery texts meaning.