It’s a rainy day and there’s only one thing to do! Make some hot chocolate and curl up with a cozy little murder mystery. Match your wits against the detective and see if you can discover who did it.
Does that sound fun to you and your high school student?
Have you dreamed of writing your own mystery?
You and Your Teen Can Read Classic Who-Dun-Its & Write a Cozy Mystery Novel Step-by-Step!
Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature & Writing, a one credit high school English course, teaches literature and writing with the murder mystery/crime fiction drama genre.
- Read & discuss “Golden Age” classic cozy mysteries in a book club setting
- Learn the elements of literature through reading and discussing cozy mysteries
- Create characters, plots, settings, themes, clues, red herrings
- Cartoon a one-page mystery
- Create a mystery with a group
- Watch classic mystery TV shows (Perry Mason, Agatha Christie, etc.) to analyze
- Storyboard plot
- Use Novel Planning Worksheets
- “Show” not tell about their characters
- Write a short story
- Write a cozy mystery novel
- Read writing aloud to family or homeschool co-op group
- Give and receive review while writing from family or homeschool co-op group
The following writings are included in American Literature & Writing:
- “Murder in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe
- “The Ordinary Hairpins” by E. C. Bentley
- “The Archduke’s Tea” by H. C. Bailey
- “A Singular Abduction” by Rodrigues Ottolengui
You will need to purchase, borrow, or download the following books:
- The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Conan Doyle
- Favorite Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers
- Where are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark or As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark
- 2 children’s mysteries of family’s choice
Would you like to focus one year of high school English on reading and writing mysteries?
Then, take our English course this year at home with your family or with some homeschooling friends!
This course covers 1 credit of high school English grades 8-12.