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Crime Investigation in English

As part of their reading of “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich, students in Marcus Miller’s freshmen English class attempted to solve the crime that is central to the book’s plot. “The Round House” takes place on a Objiwe reservation in North Dakota, where 13-year-old Joe, who frustrated with the poor investigation into his mother’s violent attack, sets out to find his mother’s attacker with his friends. In Miller’s class, he challenged the students to find evidence throughout the book, question the details that Joe discovered, and formulate a theory of who committed the crime. The students sketched out their theories on posters and presented them to the class.