Activities Writing

The Mystery Woman and the Shadow

A 3D collage made with magazine clippings shows a woman wearing a red hood and a white veil covering her face, a black suit, red gloves, red pants, and holding a black briefcase with a red latch. She is walking past a row of empty office cubicles with computers and landline phones. A shadow of a man walking toward the woman from the side is reflected in front of a wall of windows. Behind the wall of windows is an atrium stairwell that shows floors above and below them and other people in the distance.
Collage by Elizabeth Lokon

How To Do It

  • Together, use your imaginations to create an original story based on this picture. 
  • Write down your ideas in response to the questions below.
  • Give the story a title and read aloud with emotions the story you just created. 
  • The last question asks you to connect the picture to your own stories.


  1. What is going on in this picture?
  2. Describe the setting. Where do you think this is? What do you see in the background?
  3. How would you describe the woman’s outfit? Why do you think she is wearing a veil?
  4. There is a shadow of a man approaching the woman. Who do you think he is? Describe what happens when they meet.
  5. Create a dialog between the man and the woman.
  6. What will happen next?
  7. Share your favorite mystery books, films, or stories.
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