Detective's Log: A Graphic Organizer
"Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science, and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner."
-- Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four
As you watch or read a classic detective story or murder mystery, use a graphic organizer (also available as a PDF file) to keep track of clues and suspects. Assume that nothing shown or described -- a glance between a married couple, a lost boot, a hound baying in the night -- has been put in the story accidentally.
For each of the categories, identify the details from the story you are working with. Add some description about how the writer or filmmaker brings that element to life.
You might also use the organizer to plan your own mystery or detective story and keep track of all the clues you'll use.
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