Lesson 1 (from Book 1, A Call to Murder, Chapter 1-5)
Death of an Expert Witness belongs to the detective/mystery genre. The objective of this lesson is to look at genre.
1. Homework: Have the students research the genre of Detective/Mystery and write a short paper on it. They may answer questions such as: who were early authors such as Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle. How did they influence fiction during their era? How has the detective/Mystery genre built upon early novels of that genre? Give some examples of parallels between modern detective/mystery and early detective/mystery. What are some of the differences? How does this novel, differ from other detective/mystery novels?
2. Class discussion: Have the students identify why this book is detective and mystery and provide another example of a novel which would fall into this genre as well as examples of novels which will not fall into this category...
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