Murder on the Orient Express/And Then There Were None
Performance Outcomes and Deliverables
Students explore literary elements such as foreshadowing, characterization, and point of view; study mystery novels as social histories; and research allusions to literature and history. They also explore work with maps and identify red herrings.
Final lessons include reading quizzes with answer keys, essay topics, and ideas for research, writing, and art projects.
- Critical thinking
- Communication and collaboration
Christie’s nineteenth book, written in 1933, is possibly her best Hercule Poirot novel. When an American businessman is killed, Poirot investigates his fellow travelers and presents two theories to the railway director. Murder on the Orient Express draws upon several historical events, including the Lindbergh kidnapping in 1932 and the stranding of the Simplon-Orient Express in 1929.
And Then There Were None is one of Christie’s most brilliant deceptions. In this classic drawing room murder mystery, ten strangers invited to a mysterious island are accused by their host of having committed murder. One by one, each character dies; those who remain struggle to find the killer. In an epilogue, the police discover the ten bodies and eventually solve the mystery. Character descriptions depict social histories and class stereotyping.