Daily Lessons for Teaching Tears of the Giraffe

Alexander McCall Smith
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Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)


Chapter 1

Detective fiction is a popular genre of crime fiction in which a detective, either professional or amateur, investigates a crime, often murder. The objective of this lesson is to examine how the writing style of this section reveals the genre of this book, Tears of the Giraffe, as a detective fiction novel.


1) Class Discussion: What is a detective fiction novel? Begin with a discussion of this now popular genre. Identify elements of a detective fiction novel in this chapter. In a detective fiction novel, there are archetypal characters, such as the hard-boiled detective, the dangerously alluring femme fatale, and the well-heeled villain surrounded by gun-toting thugs. What does the author reveal about the character(s) in these settings that immediately introduces the element of a detective fiction novel? What elements of the story line are full of this noir genre?

2) Group Discussion: Divide the...

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