Female Detectives in the Classroom

The excitement I felt when William Morrow became Agatha Christie‘s publisher still hasn’t faded, and it’s wonderful to see her books in classrooms from middle school through college.

For younger students, the motivation to solve the mystery becomes a lesson in the importance of deep reading as they learn to read like detectives. You’ll find teaching resources for Agatha Christie here.

For those teaching college students, I came across a syllabus for a writing intensive course at CUNY Hostos Community College that features the modern female detective novel. With required texts from Agatha Christie, P.D. James, Sara Paretsky, and Patricia Cornwell, it’s a wonderful way to help students understand how popular mysteries reflect current culture and concerns. You’ll find the syllabus here.



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