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Sherlock Holmes Novel Study




“Upon the ground around the body were the footprints of a gigantic hound…”

“I find myself in a very strange and mysterious situation…”

How will Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson solve these fascinating cases?

Use your reading detective skills to solve the mysteries!

Build analytical reading and writing skills through an in-depth novel study by classic author Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. The children will read the novel, discuss, research, watch and compare movie and TV versions, role-play, analyse and write. These two detective novels examine the friendship between Holmes and Watson and how they use their courage and incredible detective skills to defeat criminals and demons.

Learning outcomes


  • Read and examine chapters of the story

  • Learn about the characters and how personalities change and develop

  • Analyse language features and techniques

  • Research the life of famous Scottish author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Compare and contrast characters from the stories

  • Learn how quotes provide evidence

  • Hot seating – character role play and drama scenario activities

  • Examine inference, plot, setting, atmosphere, narrative and structure

  • Watch TV and movie versions of Sherlock Holmes and make comparisons

  • Choose from a range of follow-up writing activities

    Students can rent copies of “Hound of the Baskervilles” and “The Sign of Four” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (retold and summarized by Tony Evans) for $10 for the whole term.  Students must be prepared to read some chapters at home. They will also need their own laptop.

 Warning: the subject matter contains themes for older children


3 hours per week for 8 weeks

Target Age

10-13 year olds