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  • DETECTIVE FICTION Detective fiction is one of the most popular types of the mystery genre among both children and adults. Detective Fiction is a puzzle that must be solved like a mathematical equation, a musical score, or a scientific experiment. According to P.D. James, a contemporary mystery writer, the classic detective story usually involves a mysterious death. There is a closed circle of suspects, and each suspect must have a credible motive as well as a reasonable opportunity for committing the crime. In addition, the central character is a detective who eventually solves the mystery by logical deduction from facts fairly presented to the reader (Mysteries 6). This classic structure has been the springboard for hundreds of variations on the form. By placing the clues into the mathematical equation, playing them like a musical score, and moving through them methodically, like a scientist would do, you too can play detective while reading a detective fiction novel. Lesson #1
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  • Project Due at the End of the Unit: Period 2 Lets jump ahead so that you know where were headed. (Dont panic, well return to Square 1.) The culminating project of this unit will be a Detectives Handbook based on the mystery novel youve chosen. You have received a handout and rubric, so lets review them now. 1. Cover 2. Foreword 3. Table of Contents 4. Expository entry about sleuths character traits 5. Expository entry about nature of mystery 6. Descriptive entry about the crime scene 7. Expository character sketch about sleuths sidekick 8. Wanted poster of prime suspect 9. Detectives Log 10. Persuasive Letter to the Chief of Police proving the suspects motive, means, and opportunity
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  • Project Due at the End of the Unit: Period 1 and 3 Lets jump ahead so that you know where were headed. (Dont panic, well return to Square 1.) The culminating project of this unit will be a Detectives Handbook based on the mystery novel youve chosen. You have received a handout and rubric, so lets review them now. 1. Cover 2. Foreword 3. Table of Contents 4. Expository entry about sleuths character traits 5. Expository entry about nature of mystery 6. Descriptive entry about the crime scene 7. Expository character sketch about sleuths sidekick 8. Detective Log follows your detective through 18-24 hours. 9. How To paragraph that takes the reader step-by-step through the process by which the sleuth solved the mystery. 10. Persuasive Letter to the local chief of police convincing him/her who should be arrested and why 11. Front Page newspaper article about the case.
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  • Appearances Can Be Deceiving A detectives appearance can have a major affect on his/her effectiveness on the job. For example, Ironside, a detective your grandparents will remember from television, was in a wheelchair. Suspects did not think he was a threat because he was physically challenged. Similarly, Agatha Christies Miss Marple is an elderly woman. Again, suspects do not find her threatening and tell her things they might not tell the police. Lesson #1
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  • While appearances can work both for and against detectives who are solving mysteries, character traits can do the same. Thinking about sleuth Adrian Monk from the TV series Monk, lets answer the following questions. 2. List some of Monks positive character traits. So, Dont Judge a Book by its Cover! 1. What are Monks physical traits? 3. How do these strengths enable Monk to be a good detective?
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  • 4. List some of Monks negative character traits. 5. How do these weaknesses hurt Monks detecting capabilities? 6. Which of Monks character traits can be either strengths or weaknesses depending on the situation? 7. How do these strengths and/or weaknesses contribute to the successes and failures Monk encounters while trying to solve the mystery?
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  • Lets practice writing together first. Reason: Example #1: Explanation #1: Example #2: Explanation #2: WDDIM?: Statement: Tell what it is you are going to explain. This is what you used to call a topic sentence. Explain why your topic is important. Give an example, from the movie, that shows your topic sentence to be true. Tie example #1 back to your reason to show why the reason is valid. Give another example, from the movie, that shows your topic sentence to be true. Tie example #2 back to your reason to show why the reason is valid. What difference does it make? or Who cares? Explain the big picture in a way that ties your entire paragraph together.
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  • Reason: Example #1: Explanation #1: Example #2: Explanation #2: WDDIM?: Statement: Adrian Monk is a fictional character with traits that contribute to his crime-solving abilities. For example, Monk has a strict code of ethics which can make him unforgiving. It is this unforgiveness that makes him refuse the case at first, because it was Monks old partner, Joe Christie, that called him. Joe was once accused of evidence tampering which led to the release of a criminal. Even though Joe maintains his innocence, Monk is still angry about the serious code violation and breach of trust. On the other hand, Monks attention to detail forces him to pursue the case, even after it is ruled an accident. Monk is the only person to notice that the stamps all come from the same roll. This leads him to the obvious conclusion that the same person sent all the Complaint letters, which leads to ______ losing her credibility with the store manager. Adrian Monk is a successful crime solver because his strengths and weaknesses allows us to consider him a friend. We understand his weaknesses and admire his strengths. In what way do your sleuths character traits contribute to his/her strengths/weaknesses as a crime-solver? It is the very human combination of weakness and strength that make him the perfect detective for this television series.
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  • Here is what your completed entry will look like when its all put together: Adrian Monk is a fictional character with traits that contribute to his crime- solving abilities. It is the very human combination of weaknesses and strengths that make him the perfect detective for this television series. Monk has a strict code of ethics which can make him unforgiving. It is this unforgiveness that makes him refuse the case at first, because it was Monks old partner, Joe Christie, that called him. Joe was once accused of evidence tampering which led to the release of a criminal. Even though Joe maintains his innocence, Monk is still angry about the series code violation and breach of trust. On the other hand, Monks attention to detail forces him to pursue the case, even after it is ruled an accident. Attention to detail,, a positive character trait, allows the viewer to accept Monks weaknesses by forcing them to admire him as a person. As the detective, Monk must have the audiences support in order for the story to be well-received. Adrian Monk is a successful crime solver because his strengths and weaknesses allows us to consider him a friend. We understand his weaknesses and admire his strengths.
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  • Now its your turn! Remember the object of this exercise is to write Detectives Handbook Entry #1 based on the following: In what way do your sleuths character traits contribute to his/her strengths/weaknesses as a crime-solver? Notes: You do not have to be very far into your book to write this entry. Initial impressions are fine.
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  • Lesson #3 The Scene of the Crime In each story, there is a scene of the crime. You may not be reading a book where an actual crime has been committed, but instead there is a mystery involved. In other words what is the setting? Here are some questions you need to consider while working on your rough draft: a.What is the overall setting of the story? * Year/decade? * City/town? * Season?
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  • Within the overall setting, consider the following: a.Does it take place in a school? A house? A combination of different places? b.If there is a crime, where exactly did the crime take place? * outside or inside? * in a specific room? * at a specific time? c.If there is a puzzle to be solved, where did it start? * Are all the pieces to the puzzle solved in one place or in different places?
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  • Lets practice writing together first. Introduction: Adrian Monk ends up solving several mysteries around San Francisco but it all starts with the murder of Edna Caruthers. Edna was killed at the local Mega Mart store where she worked. Description: The Mega Mart is a chain retail store, similar to Wal-Mart. Edna is lured to the storage room by the murderer. It is a large, dark and dusty warehouse located at the back of the store. Floor to ceiling shelves create aisles, much like a library. Instead of books, they hold all the merchandise for the store. The shelves are placed far enough apart for a forklift to drive through, which is parked at the back of the warehouse. The darkness helps to create a feeling of foreboding when Edna arrives. Now that you can describe the scene, write it from the perspective of the sleuth.
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  • Introduction: Adrian Monk ends up solving several mysteries around San Francisco but it all starts with the murder of Edna Caruthers. Edna was killed at the local Mega Mart store where she worked. Here is Mr. Monks description of the scene of the crime. Description: Sharona and I arrived at the Mega Mart, a local chain retail store, similar to Wal-Mart. We were directed to the back of the store, to a

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