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Get a Clue: The Genre of Mystery

Become a detective as you encounter the elements of mystery fiction in classic tales like "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Make cross-text connections in a Comparative Analysis, and then write your own mystery story.


1:1 Private


Ages 14-17



Live Sessions

Up to 16

Graded Assignments

About the Course

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4 sessions per month x $72.25 per session

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Schedule & Assignments

Our private tutoring sessions are 45 minutes long and are scheduled based on your weekly availability. You will be paired with the same tutor for the duration of your course.

Course Duration: 4-6 months

Weekly Reading & Writing Assignments

45-Min. Live Session & ~1 Hour of Homework

Access to On-Demand Videos

About Our Instructors

Learning with Letterly means learning with our dedicated and experienced instructors. Credentialed by some of the top universities in the U.S., our team is unparalleled in its passion for individualized student success.

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Course Syllabus

Annotated Reading

Enter the world of mystery fiction with a deepened understanding of its purpose and components. Read and analyze classic texts featuring the character Sherlock Holmes to understand the fictional archetype of the detective. Acquire new vocabulary using context clues and apply your knowledge of new note-taking techniques.

Text Connections

Use fiction to make connections with the real world and other media; determine the impact of writing as a self-reflective tool. Reflect on the author’s point of view and the story’s theme.

Analytical Writing

Develop an assertive claim about the book and map out cohesive paragraph structures to analyze its impact. Integrate text-based evidence to support your argumentation.

Final Project

Write a mystery story of your own; use unconventional plot structures to hide clues and suspects throughout your text. Deepen your narrative technique with the principle of “show, don’t tell,” and revise your story with an editing exercise.

What Are Our Lessons Like?

We offer on-demand videos to supplement your 1:1 sessions! You may need to refer to them for homework or to refresh your notes. Here are a couple of video clips from the curriculum for you to check out!

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Included in All Letterly Courses

Top Instruction

  • 1:1 instruction with students & alumni from top universities

  • Access to on-demand supplemental instruction for selected courses

  • Proprietary curriculum designed by ELA experts based on classic literature

Progress Tracker

  • Visualize and track progress across ELA standards

  • Checkpoints highlighting areas of strength & weakness

  • Certificates of completion

Personalized Feedback

  • Weekly writing assignments with in-depth feedback 

  • Applied grammar & editing exercises
  • Final project with step-by-step instruction

Student Support

  • On-demand technical support and troubleshooting

  • Access to Letterly advisors

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