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Investigating Genre: The Case of the Classic Detective Story

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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.
Lesson Author

Scott Filkins

Scott Filkins

Champaign, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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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

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Mystery Cube

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Mystery Cube

The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.

 

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PREPARATION

  1. 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.
  2. 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
    mystery.

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