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With Detective Fiction in the Urban Classroom

This abstract for an instructional unit using three-minute mysteries, stories by Sir Arthur Canon Doyle, and Edgar Allan Poe includes a short history of detective fiction, sample plans, and suggestions for exercises and activities designed to engage reluctant readers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have young deductionists craft their own stories, bind the tales, and use them in subsequent years
Pros

  • Includes student and teacher reading lists, project suggestions, and a short quiz
Cons

  • Although designed for reluctant and below-grade-level readers, little scaffolding is provided to ensure comprehension