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Who Dun It


Author: Meredith Curtis

It’s a rainy day and there’s only one thing to do! Make some hot chocolate and curl up with a cozy little murder mystery. Match your wits against the detective and see if you can discover who did it. Does that sound fun to you and your high school student? Have you dreamed of writing your own mystery?

Do you like to curl up with a mystery to relax? Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature & Writing Class teaches literature and writing with the murder mystery/crime fiction drama genre. Teens read classic golden age mysteries and discuss them (while learning the elements of literature!) in a group setting (co-op or with family). The first half of the year, students create their detectives, assistants, suspects, plot, setting, theme, clues, red herrings, and murderer. Then, the second half of the year, they write their own murder mystery.

Four classic short stories are included!

· Murder in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

· The Ordinary Hairpins by E. C. Bentley

· The Archduke’s Tea by H. C. Bailey

· A Singular Abduction by Rodrigues Ottolengui


You will need to purchase the following books to use for this class:

· The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne

· The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Conan Doyle

· Favorite Father Brown Stories by G. K. Chesterton

· And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie or The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

· Whose Body by Dorothy Sayers

· All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark (or another one of her novels)

· Two Children’s Mystery Novels (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Beldon, Sugar Creek Gang, Mandie, or Encyclopedia Brown)


Students will participate in

· 1 or more Book Club Discussions per month

· Reading stories and assignments aloud

· Evaluating other students writing

· Create 1 story with a group of friends or family members

· Make a comic strip

· Write a short story

· Write a novel


Students will learn:

· History of murder mysteries & Golden Age murder mysteries

· Sleuths

· Baffled Friends/Assistants, Family

· Plot, Setting, Characterization, Point of View, Theme, Tone, Mood, World View

· Detective reveals & explains

· Children’s detective stories

· Tools, Disguises, Clues, Red Herrings

· Locked room plots

· How to write a short story

· Outlines

· Hooks/Opening paragraphs

· Creating scenes

· Editing, Crafting, & Publishing

· And More!



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