Who Dun It Literature and Composition is a perfect class for those who like to curl up and read a cozy mystery. Who Dun It Literature and Composition is a perfect class for 8-12th graders who want to write their own mystery novel!
Get ready for a year of creating clues and red herrings, quirky detectives, and plots with a twist ending!
We will explore cozy mysteries starting with the Golden Age writers like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and G.K. Chesterton. As we read for enjoyment and lively book club discussions, we will also examine how the authors create characters, settings, plot lines, and trick the reader into suspecting the wrong person!
While we read, we will be writing too–completing a short novel by the end of the year—a murder mystery, of course! At the beginning of the year, we will create detectives, red herrings, clues, settings, side-kicks, and other important ingredients of a who-dun-it. Mid-year, we will write a short story following clear easy-to-follow guidelines to create your own cozy mystery. The second half of the year will be spent writing a cozy novel.
As we write, we will read our writings aloud and give positive input to one another, as well as helping one another make our writing even better!
We will also watch TV detective shows on our own and examine them for creating scenes, building suspense, and leaving a trail of red herrings and clues.
- The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
- The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Sir Conan Doyle
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-Haired League, The Adventures of the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb, The Final Problem, The Adventure of the Empty House) by Sir Conan Doyle
- Favorite Father Brown Stories (The Blue Cross, The Sins of Prince Saradine, The Sign of the Broken Sword, The Man in the Passage, The Perishing of the Pendragons, The Salad of Colonel Cray) by G.K. Chesterton
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
- What Mrs. McGuillicuddy Saw by Agatha Christie (OPTIONAL for Extra Credit)
- Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers
- Where are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark (or As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark)
- The Roman Hat by Ellery Queen (OPTIONAL for Extra Credit)
- Choose 1 Children’s book from Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Trixie Beldon, Boxcar Children, Mandie Mysteries, OR Sugar Creek Gang
Short Stories: “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Ordinary Hairpins,” “The Archduke’s Tea,” and “A Singular Abduction.”—these are all included in Who Dun It Murder Mystery Literature & Writing in the back of the Who-Dun-It textbook!
- Ability to attend online classes, discuss books read outside of class, and read writing assignments done outside of class aloud
- Ability to watch at least one classic detective TV show a month and discuss it in class
Full Year Course – 1 Credit: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you need help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.