CSI Literacy NZ

CSI Private Eye


CSI Private Eye
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CSI Private Eye is an interactive online adventure series full of reading, comprehension activites and writing opportunities.

Students will love logging in to solve real-life mysteries from around the world – boosting literacy has never been so fun and easy. 

25 free CSI Chapters ebooks when you subscribe.

The Literacy Cloud portal for Private Eye is:

  • Available 24/7 from school or home
  • Student-friendly, link-free, and ad-free
  • Compatible with any device that uses Chrome or Safari
  • Browser-based – no downloads, updates, apps, or extra costs

Come for the adventures, stay for the writing lessons – they’ve been described by teachers as “hidden gold”. Each adventure in the series is complemented by three writing lessons, including full lesson plans and writing templates. Each lesson tackles a specific writing genre, and guides students through "mini-lessons" in revision and editing. 

Levelled for students in Year 4–6, CSI Private Eye is also popular with Years 7–9 due to its high-engagement factor.

What you get with a CSI Private Eye subscription:

  • A teacher account.
  • An "online class", with a set of student accounts (approx. 30).
  • All six CSI Private Eye interactive literacy adventures.
  • Six sets of CSI Private Eye teaching materials, including 18 related lesson plans for teaching writing, editing and revising.
  • Our 25 award-winning CSI Chapters ebooks, covering high-interest fiction, nonfiction, science and social studies topics, from reading levels M–V.
  • CSI Chapters Teacher guide, with 32 reading lessons and matching graphic organisers.

Using CSI Private Eye, students will ...

  • Boost their reading comprehension, writing, and vocabulary skills
  • Develop world knowledge and investigate global mysteries
  • Answer multiple-choice and open-ended questions and give opinions
  • Practice writing across multiple genres, including lesson plans and writing templates
  • Experience a variety of text types across content areas
  • Learn sequencing through drag-and-drop and CLOZE activities

Teaching purpose: Individual

Fiction/nonfiction: Nonfiction

Year level: 4–6

Subject: Language arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Writing

Format: Digital