By: Agatha Christie | Grades 8-12 | Lexile Level: 570
Teaching And Then There Were None
Who doesn't love a good murder mystery? Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is one of the best! Teaching this book can be a lot of fun AND you can cover often-overlooked critical thinking skills like inductive and deductive reasoning.
And Then There Were None isn't a book so much concerned with theme as it is with plot and character. Layers of information about the characters are peeled back and relationships are slowly made clear. Motives and personalities are revealed.
As the characters get "bumped off" one-by-one, your students will have fun trying to figure out who the murderer is. Role-playing, note-writing, and mock court proceedings are just some of the many kinds of activities this book lends itself to. The teaching resources below will give you more ideas to include in your novel unit for And Then There Were None!
"This title was previously published as Ten little Indians"--T.p. verso.
Summary of And Then There Were None
First, there were ten--a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal--and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
"One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day."--Time magazine
"The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written."--New York Times
A Brief Biography of Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.
Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies.
Agatha Christie died in 1976.