Have the students do a short reading about Greece. Have them locate it on a map and see the neighboring countries. Also, have them look up Smyrna and get to know the location and history.
Crime Scene Investigation
Show the students a picture of a fake crime scene. Have them take 30 seconds to look at the scene, then take it away. Then, take a few minutes and have a discussion with the class about what they saw. This exercise is a practice in memory, which is an important aspect of a detective novel, where memory and new information are constantly working together to solve a crime.
Since "A Coffin for Dimitrios" is a detective novel, take a moment (preferably before you begin the novel) and have a short discussion with the students about detective novels. What are the characteristics of a detective novel? Can...
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