Arbeitsblatt: Murder on the Orient Express


Reading Log, Autonomous learning, crime story, pre- while and post-reading activities, ideas for writing activities, word list
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Bettina Lehmann
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Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann Reading book on your own Title Murder on the Orient Express Author Agatha Christie Publisher Pearson Education Limited Level B1 Length (pages, chapters) 69 pages, 8 Chapters Audio disc yes CD-Rom no Activities per chapter pre- while- and post-reading activities ideas for writing activities word list Film 1974, British version 2017, American version Target group for all gender third secondary class, level (B1) Topics Short summary crime story following the work of detective upper class society On the Orient Express from Turkey to France passenger is murdered. The famous detective Hercule Poirot, who happens to be on this train journey, is asked to solve the crime and to uncover the suspect. Due to heavy snow fall, delay of several days evolves, which gives Poirot time for various inspections and interviews. His cleverness and the ability to pose the right questions serves to be useful tools to unravel the mystery. Abbildung 1 EN S220 Methodology III 2nd module assignment Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann Working with log book: information You are going to read book on your own with the guidance of pre- while and postreading tasks. You will have to write all your answers and notes in log book. Working method on your own Time Every Friday you have one lesson class in which you can work with your book. Material Book (Murder on the Orient Express) Log book Sheet with tasks In four weeks you need to have finished your reading and the tasks. Information about tasks There are compulsory (obligatorische) and optional tasks. You have to solve all the compulsory tasks. In the pre-, while- and post-reading parts you will have to solve at least one optional task each. For some task level of difficulty is given. This should help you to choose the most appropriate task for you. easy medium challenging How to work with your log book 1) Write all your answers, notes and questions in your log book! 2) Always write the calendar date next to your log book entry. 3) Every entry needs heading. Example: Pre-writing 1. Guessing the title 4) Your writing should be readable. Aims You know what the Orient Express is and you know its main route (geographic/historic knowledge) You are able to name three typical characteristics of an upper-class and working class society (historic knowledge) You know at least three reading strategies and ways to collect your knowledge. (competence) You can follow crime story in English and get the overall content. (competence) You can express your own opinion about the book. (competence) You can structure your reading log in an appealing and logic way. (competence) EN S220 Methodology III 2nd module assignment Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann Pre-reading tasks 1) Compulsory Look at the cover of the book Murder on the Orient Express. Study the picture and think about the title. a. What assumptions can you make? What could the story be about? Write down your thoughts in your log book. Choose one of the two options to structure your ideas: i. Mind map ii. Short text (could start like: believe that the story is about) 2) Compulsory From the title of the book, you know, that the story happens on the Orient Express. But what exactly is the Orient Express? a. Collect information about the Orient Express by checking the lexicon or search in the internet (ex. Wikipedia). i. Try to answer the following question: Why was this train/ this route called the Orient Express? ii. Note two more facts about the Orient Express. b. The Map shows different routes of the Orient Express. Try to find the route, which the story is about and mark it. Hint: The train goes from Turkey to France and passes city called Vincovci. On the map only the big cities are marked. Look up, where Vincovci is and then find the right route. Abbildung 2 EN S220 Methodology III 2nd module assignment Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann 3) Compulsory Read the Introduction of the book and mark the most important things with marker. a. Compulsory Look up the following jobs/titles in the dictionary and write the definitions down. Put your answers in your log book. In addition, decide for each job to which class it belongs (working-class or upper-class). Write your assumptions next to each definition. Support: Go to and look up the descriptions for ‘upper-class and ‘working-class. Jobs/titles: maid, governess, colonel, count/countess, chauffer, nurse, valet, conductor b. Optional Try to answer the following questions. i. What kind of people does Agatha Christie put in the centre of her story? ii. Think of reason why Christie rarely puts working-class characters in central positions in her stories? 4) Optional Note the eight chapter-headings down in your log book. Read through the chapter headings and make assumptions abut the content of the chapters. a. What do you guess will happen in the chapter? Write your answers down next to the heading you are corresponding to. EN S220 Methodology III 2nd module assignment Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann b. While reading you can check if your assumptions were true. 5) Optional Hercule Poirot is detective. What do you know about the work of detectives? Choose one of the following ways to note down your knowledge about detectives: a. Create table which shows: i. skills (ex. uncover lies) ii. characteristics (ex. Cleverness) iii. tools detective needs You can include little drawings into your table if you like (ex. Like in the introduction of the log book). b. Imagine you want to start career as detective. Write job application by describing your qualities and skills. If there are words you only know in German, you can use dictionary. While-reading tasks 1) Compulsory Start vocabulary list of unknown words you encounter while you are reading. Make sure to write down the whole sentence, so you have the word in its context. Tip: If you want to create task for yourself, you can create table in which you note the word on one side and the sentence with gap on the other side. Therefore, you can cover one side and test yourself to learn the words. Example: Vocabulary the detective Sentence Hercule Poirot is well-known. 2) Optional helpful tool during reading is timeline. It helps you to get an overview of the plot. Create such timeline for at least three chapters and write the most important things in your timeline. If you find that helpful idea, you can continue with that but this is optional. 3) Compulsory Create for all the 15 passengers on the Orient Express little wanted poster. Use A5 cards. You can draw or print out the heads. Below each head, note all the information you know about this person. Maybe you need to add some facts while you are getting ahead with reading. Wanted posters of: EN S220 Methodology III 2nd module assignment Reading log project Mary Debenham Mrs. Hubbard Colonel Arbuthnot Princess Dragomiroff Hector McQeen Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann Ratchett Countess Andrenyi Count Andrenyi Cyrus Hardman Antonio Foscanelli Greta Ohlsson Hildegarde Schmidt Edward Henry Msterman Pierre Michel 4) Compulsory In Chapter 2 you get to know the case about the Armstrong family. This is very important case that you need know and understand. Choose one of the following activities to collect the main facts about the Armstrong case. a. Draw mind map with the most important facts. Another person should be able to understand the case just by looking at your mind map. b. Complete the following tasks. Explain the two pictures and why they are relevant for the case. What kind of heading would you give this newspaper photographs? Write all the other important facts down. Make full sentences. Abbildung 3 c. Write short newspaper article about this case. Describe what has happened and what the end of the story was. Your text should also have catchy heading/ title. Use dictionary for your support. 5) Compulsory Every good detective needs an evidence board, where the most important facts, victims, suspects and so on are integrated. Create such an evidence board on poster and include the following aspects: victim suspects (you can use the cards from exercise nr. 3) place EN S220 Methodology III important information you know about victim, suspects things, crimes that are related to the murder think of other things, that you could include 2nd module assignment Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann Example of an evidence board Abbildung 4 Try to complete this evidence board till the end of the book. 6) Optional Below you see some utterances from characters in the book. Try to find the quote and the person who said this. Write your answers clearly structured in you log book. a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. Not now. Not now. When its all over. When its behind us –then – (p. 2) Of course. But this, Mr Poirot, means money. Big money. (p. 7) My father was on the legal team in the Armstrong case. (p. 22) Well, will tell you this. There was murder on the train last night, and the murderer was in my compartment! (p. 25) Apipe for me. MacQueen smoked cigarettes. (p.36) went to see Ratchett,, and he showed me some threatening letters that he had received. He hired me for protection on hi journey west. (p. 38) have been working as governess to two children. (p. 41) changed the name – it was not my wife. We had heard that handkerchief with an on it had been discovered by the murdered mans body. (p. 56) Little Daisy – what lovely child! She loved to play in my car. All the servants thought she was wonderful. (p. 62) In my opinion, the first solution was the correct one – definitely. (p. 69) 7) Compulsory In Chapter 7 you get to know the connections between the 12 passengers and the Armstrong Family. Match the connections (mentioned below) to the 12 passengers. Write your answers clearly arranged in your logbook. passenger EN S220 Methodology III connection 2nd module assignment Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann Ratchett the governess of Daisy Armstrong Pierre Michel grandmother of Daisy Armstrong Hector McQueen Colonel Arbuthnot Mary Debenham Greta Ohlsson friend of Colonel Armstrong and father of Daisy Armstrong this persons father was the District Attorney on the Armstrong case kidnapped and murdered the young Daisy Armstrong the sister of Sonia Armstrong Cyrus Hardman Mr. Masterman was in love with Daisys French nurse the chauffer of the Armstrong family Countess Andrenyi the nurse of Daisy Armstrong Hildegarde Schmidt the cook of the Armstrong family Antonio Foscanelli the valet of the Armstrong family Mrs. Hubbard the father of the suicidal nursemaid of Daisy Armstrong Post-reading tasks 1) Optional Look back at your assumptions you made from the cover and title (Pre-reading task) Did you guess correctly? If you made any wrong guesses, write down what really happened in another colour. 2) Compulsory In one of the pre-tasks you had to read the introduction of the book. There you have learnt something about the society the author is mostly writing about and why. a. Compulsory Read the following quote of Hildegarde Schmidt, the maid of Princess Dragomiroff. Explain why she makes such statement. In your answer consider also Hildegardes job. Really, it is not mine. This is an expensive handkerchief, Monsieur, the handkerchief of fine lady. (page 44) b. Optional Now after you have read the book you know all the characters. Make list of the working-class characters and the upper-class characters. Give reasons for your choice. Name Class Reason 3) Compulsory EN S220 Methodology III 2nd module assignment Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann Answer the following questions in your log book. o o What decision about the crime does Mr. Bouc make at the very of the book? Would you have made the same decision? Why yes or why not? Why did they kill Cassetti? In your opinion, was this the right decision? Why yes or why not? 4) Compulsory Imagine you are the detective Hercule Poirot. You just solved the crime and as the snow finally melts the train is continuing. However, youre on delay and you want to tell your beloved family why your train was stuck and what has happened during the last days. a. Write letter to Poirots family back home (in your log book). You can choose the names and numbers of members of family. Write about 150 words. Use an appropriate way of addressing and greeting. Use the words: weather, murder weapon, Armstrong case. 5) Compulsory Write review about the book (in your log book). Include short summary and your opinion about the book. a. Explain in detail what you like or not liked about the book (ex. Content, vocabulary, point of view (Erzählperspektive), etc.). b. Furthermore, you should describe to what kind of reader you would recommend the book based on your experience (ex. For whom are the topics interested? Did you have any difficulties while reading it?) 6) Optional Imagine how the journey might continue and draw in Comic (in your log book). Draw at least five more scenes. 7) Optional Create at least four questions that your fellow students should be able to answer. Try to make them quite challenging and dont ask questions that you can answer with yes or no. Bring your questions to the teacher who will create an online quiz with all the questions for the whole class. (the program is called Cahoot) 8) Optional Do the following two tasks. EN S220 Methodology III 2nd module assignment Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann a. Choose four important scenes of the story. Take the Playmobil/Lego figures and try to display the scene as exact as you can. b. Take picture of the scene with your mobile phone and send the pictures to your teacher. The teacher collects all the photos and you are going to do class quiz in which you have to guess the scenes. EN S220 Methodology III 2nd module assignment Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann Assessment Criteria: Assessment Criteria -- Comments Was the log book handed in on time? Is the log book structured in logic and appealing way? Are all compulsory tasks (per sequence) solved? Is the summary of the story (in the letter, Post-reading task 4) comprehensible and clear? And is their pupils own opinion about the book expressed? Are all optional tasks (per sequence) solved? Are at least 3 strategies to structure the new knowledge used (ex. Mind map, listing, summary, )? Evaluation Total points Mark Scale for marking: erreichte Punktzahl 51Note Gesamtpunktzahl24 Pkt EN S220 Methodology III 2nd module assignment Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann Comment Analysis of the reading log tasks The aim of this paper is, that student is able to work through this book autonomously. In our activities we implied explicit and implicit strategies for reading and structuring gained knowledge in order to get the pupils practice. For instance, marking key words, making assumptions, mind maps, listing, poster, summary, etc. In regard to heterogeneity, we created different task. Some of them are compulsory and some are optional. The compulsory tasks are vital for the overall understanding of the story, whereas the optional ones, are meant to give the pupils the opportunity to choose their favourable access to the story. We marked the levels of the task with stars (one star easy, two starsmedium, three stars challenging). Therefore, the pupils can choose task according to their suitable level. Recommendations In our opinion the book seems manageable as it consists of only eight chapters and around eighty pages. The story is enriched by photos which probably makes it more appealing for pupils. The whole story plays in one scenery and there is no change in the readers perspective. However, there are over 12 characters and many dialogues that are to be dealt with. This can be quite challenging for the pupils. Furthermore, the characters in focus are grown-ups and the story plays in another decade, which does not clearly match with the pupils life world. Therefore, they might need some more effort to connect to the story. Nevertheless, it is detective-story, which can be interesting and motivating for pupils at this age. Taking all these points into consideration, we are of the impression that this book is suitable for third-grade secondary class with level A. EN S220 Methodology III 2nd module assignment Reading log project Lea Scheidner, Bettina Lehmann Bibliography List of figures Abbildung 1: Abbildung 2: Abbildung 3: Abbildung 4: book Christie, Agatha. 2009. Murder on the Orient Express. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited. EN S220 Methodology III 2nd module assignment