Mystery Reading Log Assignments*

Mystery Reading Log: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Part 1

(Chapters 1-11, pp. 1-169) Due October 31, 2007

  1. List each possible suspect and briefly give the reasons the reader should suspect him or her.  (Discussions could include motives, opportunity, alibi, personality traits, supporting events, supporting conversations.)  Discuss at least five suspects.
  2. Describe the characteristics/personality traits of Roger Ackoyd.
  3. Describe the murder method and the setting of the novel.
  4. Describe the attitudes toward the lower class, servants, and foreigners (anyone not English).
  5. Describe the images/roles of women in the novel and the types of jobs they hold (if any).
  6. List any possible clues—even if misleading—to the identity of the murderer. (Include at least 5.)
  7. Predict the murderer and explain your reasoning.
  8. Please staple this grading rubric to the front of your completed assignment.

Grading Rubric

Item                                                 Points Possible            Points Received

1. Suspects/reasons

50 points

 

2. Traits of Roger Ackroyd

10 points

 

3. Method and setting

10 points

 

4. Attitudes toward lower class,

    servants, foreigners.

10 points

 

5. Images/roles/jobs of women

  5 points

 

6. Possible clues

  5 points

 

7. Prediction and reasoning

10 points

 

    Bonus points for typing*

  5 points

 

    Total

 

 

*Typed reading log assignments earn 5 bonus points provided that you use a 12 point type size.  (No bonus points are awarded for smaller type sizes—such as this—or for late assignments.)

 

 

Mystery Reading Log: Deal Breaker

(Chapters 1-32, pp. 1-241) Due November 28, 2007

 

  1. List each possible suspect in the disappearance of Kathy Culver.  (Discussion could include motives, opportunity, alibi, personality traits, supporting events, supporting conversations.)  Discuss at least four reasonable suspects.
  2. Describe the characteristics and personality traits of Kathy Culver.
  3. Describe the setting(s) of the novel (cities, states, locale).
  4. Describe the images/roles of women in the story and the types of jobs they hold (if any).
  5. Predict Kathy Culver’s probable fate.  If you suspect murder, who is the most likely suspect and why do you think so.  If you suspect Kathy herself, what are her motives?  If you suspect something else, please explain.  Make your prediction before reading Chapter 33, p. 242.
  6. Please staple this grading rubric to the front of your completed assignment.

 

 

Grading Rubric

Item                                                 Points Possible            Points Received

1. Suspects/reasons

60 points

 

2. Traits of Kathy Culver

10 points

 

3. Settings

10 points

 

4. Images/roles/jobs of women

10 points

 

5. Prediction and reasoning

10 points

 

    Bonus points for typing*

  5 points

 

    Total

 

 

*Typed reading log assignments earn 5 bonus points provided that you use a 12 point type size.  (No bonus points are awarded for smaller type sizes—such as this—or for late assignments.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Reading Log: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Part 1

(Chapters 1-24, pp. 1-331) Due May 30, 2007

 

  1. List each possible suspect and briefly give the reasons the reader should suspect him or her.  (Discussions could include motives, opportunity, alibi, personality traits, supporting events, supporting conversations.)  Discuss at least five suspects.
  2. Describe the characteristics/personality traits of Roger Ackoyd.
  3. Describe the murder method and the setting of the novel.
  4. Describe the attitudes toward the lower class, servants, and foreigners (anyone not English).
  5. Describe the images/roles of women in the novel and the types of jobs they hold (if any).
  6. List any possible clues—even if misleading—to the identity of the murderer. (Include at least 5.)
  7. Predict the murderer and explain your reasoning. Make your prediction BEFORE reading Chapter 24 (page 333).
  8. Please staple this grading rubric to the front of your completed assignment.

Grading Rubric

Item                                                 Points Possible            Points Received

1. Suspects/reasons

50 points

 

2. Traits of Roger Ackroyd

10 points

 

3. Method and setting

10 points

 

4. Attitudes toward lower class,

    servants, foreigners.

10 points

 

5. Images/roles/jobs of women

  5 points

 

6. Possible clues

  5 points

 

7. Prediction and reasoning

10 points

 

    Bonus points for typing*

  5 points

 

    Total

 

 

*Typed reading log assignments earn 5 bonus points provided that you use a 12 point type size.  (No bonus points are awarded for smaller type sizes—such as this—or for late assignments.)

 

 

Mystery Reading Log: Deal Breaker

(Chapters 1-33, pp. 1-241) Due June 6, 2007

 

  1. List each possible suspect in the disappearance of Kathy Culver.  (Discussion could include motives, opportunity, alibi, personality traits, supporting events, supporting conversations.)  Discuss at least four reasonable suspects.
  2. Describe the characteristics and personality traits of Kathy Culver.
  3. Describe the setting(s) of the novel.
  4. Describe the images/roles of women in the story and the types of jobs they hold (if any).
  5. Predict Kathy Culver’s probable fate.  If you suspect murder, who is the most likely suspect and why do you think so.  If you suspect Kathy herself, what are her motives?  If you suspect something else, please explain.  Make your prediction before reading Chapter 33, p. 242.
  6. Please staple this grading rubric to the front of your completed assignment.

 

Grading Rubric

 

Item                                                 Points Possible            Points Received

1. Suspects/reasons

60 points

 

2. Traits of Kathy Culver

10 points

 

3. Settings

10 points

 

4. Images/roles/jobs of women

10 points

 

5. Prediction and reasoning

10 points

 

    Bonus points for typing*

  5 points

 

    Total

 

 

*Typed reading log assignments earn 5 bonus points provided that you use a 12 point type size.  (No bonus points are awarded for smaller type sizes—such as this—or for late assignments.)