And Then There Were None Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Want to check your students' comprehension of Agatha Christie's, And Then There Were None? This lesson will do just that via a text lesson and peer exchange activity. To delve deeper, why not try our suggestions for additional activities and related lessons?

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Summarize Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.
  • Identify key themes in the novel


1 hour


  • Red pens

Curriculum Standards


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


  • Upon completing the novel, And Then There Were None, have students compose a brief summary of the book. This summary should include key events and an analysis of themes in the novel.
  • Collect the student summaries.
  • Ask students to read and take notes on the lesson plan And Then There Were None: Summary & Analysis. This will give them a solid grasp on the events and themes of the book.
  • Now pass out the students' summaries, making sure that each student has the paper of a classmate rather than their own.
  • Tell students to use the notes and the information gleaned from the text lesson to critique the summary and analysis of their classmate. They should make corrections on the paper using the red pens.
  • When all students have completed the peer critique, have them return the paper to the student who wrote it.
  • Now have the students rewrite their summaries on a new sheet of paper using the feedback from their classmate.
  • Collect the revised summaries.

Discussion Questions

  • Which aspect of the composition assignment was more challenging, summary or analysis of theme? Why?
  • Could there be additional themes besides guilt and justice?


  • Show one of the film adaptations of Christie's And Then There Were None and have students compare and contrast it with the events in the novel.
  • Ask students to complete a character analysis on two main characters from And Then There Were None.

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