Eisenhower High School

Welcome to "True Crimes in Literature" with Ms. Marquez!



My name is MiKala Marquez and this marks my 16th year in teaching English with seven of those years being here in CHSD 218. This year, I am excited and honored to serve as DDE's English Department Chair as well as continue to inspire and challenge the minds of our seniors as one of the True Crimes in Literature teachers. To learn more about this course, please follow the details below:
True Crime Syllabus (DDE 23'-24')
7th Period True Crime - GooglClassroom Link
8th Period True Crime - GooglClassroom Link


This course examines real-life criminal cases, investigations, and legal proceedings, covering sensitive and potentially distressing topics related to true crimes. We will survey varying levels of violence, from minor incidents to graphic crime details, and analyze their physical and psychological impact on victims, their families, and society as a whole. Before committing to this course, please take a moment to consider your emotional well-being, comfort level, and maturity. Your mental health is important, and it's okay to prioritize it. Remember that support is available if needed. By enrolling in this course, you acknowledge its content and agree to fulfill all course requirements.


“I love reading true crime, but I’ve always been aware of the fact that, as a reader, I am actively choosing to be a consumer of someone else’s tragedy. So like any responsible consumer, I try to be careful in the choices I make. I read only the best: writers who are dogged, insightful, and inhumane.”

--Michelle McNamara, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark


Meet Ms. Marquez!

Please click here to view my "Meet the Teacher" video.

Contact Information
Office Phone: 708.597.6300 x4664