ERIC Number: ED503224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Why Use Detective Fiction in the AP Classroom?
Pollock, Eric J.; Chun, Hye Won
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Advanced Placement Summer Institute in Asia (Seoul, South Korea, July 28 - August 1, 2008)
Everyone loves a mystery story, probably for two reasons: The first is that the mystery story is the only literary genre that is written for the reader to follow and match their intellectual acumen with the protagonist. By doing so, the genre invites the reader into its own world as an active participant, not merely an innocent bystander (Pollock, 2003). Secondly, it instills a sense of enjoyment in readers wanting to know "whodunit" and infuses them with the desire to search out and find stories with ever-increasing complexity and excitement. Truly, mystery stories are, as Watson concedes in Arthur Conan Doyle's A Scandal in Bohemia, "the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen." This paper explains the reasons that teachers should teach mystery stories--along with the benefits for students, and briefly explains their use in the AP classroom setting. By using detective fiction, however, students can have a more enjoyable time in class and can be exposed to a genre that is much more powerful than meets the eye, a genre that can enhance both academic aptitude and self-esteem.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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