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5 Lesson Ideas for Agatha Christie Day

It is absolutely right that Agatha Christie should have her own day of recognition! She has created some of the most recognisable characters in literary history and is a master of mystery and suspense. The style and literary techniques coined by her have become the blueprints for some of the most successful detectives and crime dramas to come to fruition on page, stage or screen.

Her catalogue of work and prolific nature has led to her status as the best-selling author of all time; novels, articles, plays and films, she has written them all. She is an inspiration and an important part of our literary history. We have some ideas on how to share her work and celebrate her legacy in your classroom.

Biography

Agatha Christie’s literature is a little complex to be delving into at KS1, but there is still a way to get them involved! She was just as interesting a person in real life as the fictional characters in her stories. The provided resource is a simple and colourful biography template. Provide your students with books and internet access to research Agatha Christie and answer the questions featured on the worksheet. There is also a space for a picture. If you have enough ink the printer, they can find one online, or you could up the creativity of the task and get them to draw portraits.

Integrated Subjects: History, Literature, Creative Writing, Art
Resources: Pencils, Colouring Pencils, Research Materials, Agatha Christie Biography Worksheet


Christie’s Characters

Some of Christie’s characters are so entrenched in our literary culture that they are more famous than she is! Your students might even be surprised to learn that Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and Mr. Harley Quinn came from the very same imagination.

This is a great group project. Divide your class into fairly large groups, of maybe 5 or 6. Allocate each of these groups a famous Agatha Christie character (examples in the link below). Now, get out the sugar paper! Each group must design a display poster about their chosen character, it could include the following…

  • An illustration of the character.
  • Biographical details.
  • Physical features and famous accessories.
  • Famous quotes.
  • Novels in which they appear.
  • Actors who have portrayed them.

What is great about tasks like this is that it encourages your students to work as a team. However, some children find teamwork tricky, so you might want to allocate roles within each group. You could, for example, divide up research topics between students, or split the responsibilities by allocating design, illustration, writing and research to different children.

Integrated Subjects: History, Literature, Creative Writing, Art
Resources: Sugar Paper, Pencils, Colouring Pencils, Research Materials, Agatha Christie Characters

Trailer

So much of Agatha Christie’s material has been transferred to the screen. Poirot and Miss Marple have famously been portrayed by many actors over the years both on TV and in film. In an age where movie trailers are just as much of an event as the movies themselves, your class will be pretty well versed in what makes an entertaining film trailer.

This activity works best if you and your students know the source material really well. So, if you have been reading or studying an Agatha Christie novel over a number of weeks, this idea will make a really fun project.

Simply split your class into groups and get them to create a trailer for the movie of the book that you are reading. If you have costumes available, then add them into the mix too. Film these and have a viewing in class or assembly sometime!

Integrated Subjects: Literature, Drama
 

Building Suspense

If you have read any Christie novels yourself, you will know that she is an expert in building suspense. ‘Suspense’ is an important element of any story, so there is no better time to introduce this skill into your classes creative writing toolkit!

Pick an exciting and suspense heavy section from your favourite Agatha Christie novel and use it as a springboard into this fantastic lesson plan on how to write a suspense story.

Integrated Subjects: Literature, Creative Writing
Resources: Writing as Suspense Story

 

Play Detective

This is quite an advanced and involved lesson idea, so is more aimed towards older pupils. Your students are going to step into the shoes of a detective!

What is first required is that you and your students have read the majority of a Christie novel. We say ‘majority’ because you don’t want your students to know ‘whodunnit’ yet! Get your students to go back over the book and fill out the ‘Detectives Log’ based on the information about the suspects in the novel.

Then sort your students into groups. They will be using their logs and the novel to create a ‘Suspect Board’; photos, biographies, cotton links and all! Can they work out the who the perpetrator is before you present them with the the big reveal?

Integrated Subjects: Literature, Creative Writing
Resources: Detectives Log

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