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Last year our school moved to a Vertical Curriculum style program – this means that our English classes, which run for a semester, all follow a particular theme. The year nine class I ended up with was the Crime and Mystery class – typically one of the few genres I don’t read very much (although I love Midsummer Murders, Poirot, Miss Marple etc on the telly!) So I found it pretty hard to get my head around what I would cover and how I might build in the usual text analysis skills etc I was used to covering in a ‘normal’ year nine class.

In the end I decided to begin by looking at how narratives are created (I might post that later….) and then moved into an examination of crime fiction itself. I have included here the first unit of work – we looked at the conventions of crime fiction in a general way, then looked at one of the very first examples of crime fiction – The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Poe, which included the students creating a multi- media project – then moved onto The Hound of the Baskervilles (fantastic story – theresourcehound naturally loves this one….). I have included here a power point which outlines the genre’s features; a conventions of crime fiction checklist we used a lot in class to ‘pick the stories to pieces’, and the broad outline of what I  did in class. (aimed for anyway!) Plus the task sheet for the Murder’s in the Rue Morgue activity – I have adapted this in different ways depending on the equipment available at the time – if you can think of different ways to do this please let us know.

Crime Fiction – what’s it all about

Crime Fiction unit outline

Conventions of crime stories checklist

Interviewing the witnesses video task

As we were not able to purchase any new resources for our new subjects I relied a lot on online versions, including audio – there are lots of Sherlock Holmes stories available. When you look at the outline of the unit you will see I make mention of class sets and library resources – obviously you may not have access to these specific titles, but if you are a teacher you are most likely used to (like the resourcehound) digging around until you find what you need…..



Following an older post about creating poetry mash-ups in class I had a request for further information on how I actually taught this. This power point outlines the basic lesson and might be of help. I have also included a copy of the poem ‘Stealing’ by Carol Ann Duffy, it is one of my favorites.