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The Mystery Novel as a Literacy Teaching Tool. Margot Kinberg – National University. The Mystery Novel as a Literacy Teaching Tool. What *is* it about mystery novels? The mystery novel in the secondary education curriculum Some sample authors and novels. What *is* it about Mystery Novels?.

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    1. The Mystery Novel as a Literacy Teaching Tool Margot Kinberg – National University

    2. The Mystery Novel as a Literacy Teaching Tool • What *is* it about mystery novels? • The mystery novel in the secondary education curriculum • Some sample authors and novels

    3. What *is* it about Mystery Novels? • Popularity • Diversity • Reading Levels

    4. The Mystery Novel in the Secondary Education Classroom • Cross-Curricular Projects • Theme-Based Units • Proficiency-Development Activities • Writing Activities

    5. Cross-Curricular Projects • “…a synthesis of knowledge, skills and understandings from various subject areas…”(Savage, 2010, p.8) • Example: Shimberg & Grant’s (1998) thematic science unit

    6. Theme-Based Units • …effective teaching of language is organized around a central topic or theme that uses related activities and experiences to conduct a more in-depth study.” (Gardiner, Wissick, Schweder & Canter, 2003, p. 161). • Furgiele & Gaudet’s Mysteries and Uncanny Happenings unit for English Language Arts

    7. Proficiency-Development Activities • Reader’s Theatre • Role Playing • Retelling • Concrete Objects (e.g. clues) • Co-Operative Learning Groups

    8. Writing Activities • Co-authored Mysteries • “Crime Section” of a newspaper • Re-writes of novels and stories (it’s even fun to have students create their own endings) • Sequels and Prequels • Mystery-Related Writing Prompts

    9. Example Novels and Stories • Agatha Christie – And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express • Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time • Tony Hillerman – Listening Woman • Alexander McCall Smith – The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency • Short Stories: Roald Dahl: Lamb to the Slaughter; The Landlady Shirley Jackson: The Lottery

    10. Contact Information Margot Kinberg Department of Teacher Education National University 705 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 150 Carlsbad, CA 92009 USA mkinberg@nu.edu http://margotkinberg.wordpress.com