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Investigating Genre: The Case of the Classic Detective Story
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions, plus additional time for reading, listening to, or viewing a mystery.|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or another traditional mystery/detective story of your choice, in print, audio, or video form
Grades 6 – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The interactive Cube Creator helps students identify and summarize key elements. It can be used as a prewriting or postreading activity.
- Ronald Knox: 10 Commandments of Detective Fiction
This site provides some background on Ronald Knox and lists the “commandments” he
made for the genre of detective fiction.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles Teacher’s Guide
This guide provides ideas and resources related to the mystery genre, Sherlock Holmes,
and the reading and viewing The Hound of the Baskervilles, which originally aired on
PBS's Masterpiece in 2003.
- The Official Website of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Literary Estate
Containing a biography, fimography, and section dedicated to the character of Sherlock Holmes, this site offers a wealth of resources related to Doyle and his works.
- Consider the degree to which your students are already familiar with the rhetorical
concept of genre. This lesson assumes students have a basic grasp of genre; if you feel
students need additional support or clarification, consider providing information or
instruction adapted from the ReadWriteThink resources What is a Genre?, Genre List, Genre Study: A Collaborative Approach, and from the Guide to the Study of Literature.
- Have students view, listen to, or read The Hound of the Baskervilles or another Sherlock
Holmes story or traditional mystery. Consider using ReadWriteThink resources such as Recording
Readers Theatre: Developing Comprehension and Fluency With Audio Texts, Everyone Loves a Mystery, or the Joan Lowry Nixon calendar entry to facilitate student response to and comprehension of the