Crime fiction

crime-fictionI have been enjoying talking to the students about crime fiction. Many of our staff are avid fans and we have a very good collection in our library. Instead of the whole year level studying the one class novel, the boys may choose any crime novel that interests them. This has meant that there is a lot of choice and this is not easy for some (too much choice).

Many of course say they don’t read  or don’t know much about crime but many of them also watch crime shows on television. When I have discussed the some basic stereotypical formulae that crime fiction follows, and the boys compare these to the tv crime shows, they begin to understand.

Some of the teachers are also going to have the boys create a book trailer for their crime novels, intead of a written piece/book review. This follows on from the work that a small group of students did last year. The crime novel is an ideal book for a book trailer. The assessment rubric  is ready for them and we can show the students examples of some of last year’s work as well as some of the more “professional” ones.

Some of the student videos: I am having trouble loading this on tonight

On TeacherTube: Nemesis Video and Cherub (the General) trailer

 I also want to show some classic trailers from the world of film. I was looking up the old b&w trailers from Hitchcock’s films (still some of the best examples of suspense) and came across the clip below.

The Airplane scene (WOW Version) [World of Warcraft]

and the true one

Many of the boys watch/know about the World of Warcraft and Scrubs so it appeals.

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