Why Crime/Mystery Fiction?

Why are crime stories popular?
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What similarities do they have?
What can we observe about the genre as a whole?
What distinctions can we make between the different stories?

Stories:
“Ordeal by Cheque” by Wurther Crue
“The Nine Mile Walk” by Harry Kemelman
“The Red Headed League” by Arthur Conan Doyle
“The Killers” by Ernest Hemingway
Choice Stories:
“Beautiful” by Jeffery Deaver
“Specialty of the House” by Stanley Ellin

Literary Concepts:

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Factual Elements: Character, Setting, Plot
Elements We Must Interpret: Structure, Conflict, Theme, Tone
Reading Skills: Active Reading, Observe, Infer, Interpret, Independent reading

Assessments

Reading Guides
Reading Quizzes
Discussion: full class and smaller group
Literary Concepts Chart
Crime Fiction Test: Literary concepts and independent reading and analysis

Resources

Literary Concepts Chart
Link to Mr. Steinbock's article