Sixth Graders and Sherlock Holmes

So, I taught a unit on mystery literature and Sherlock Holmes last spring. We talked about fanfiction and pastiche, adaptations, reimaginings, film, and the impact SH has had on pop culture. We read The Redheaded League and The Final Problem and moved on from there to Basil of Baker Street, the Granada series with Jeremy Brett, The Great Mouse Detective, and The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. We talked about the structure of a mystery story, the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Victorian society, vocabulary, and the ways in which Holmes has forever imprinted himself on the archetype of the detective. I wore a deerstalker to class.

Now, partly because I hope to be able to teach the same unit again and partly because assignments need doing, I am compiling a resource unit along those same lines. I’ve got vocabulary sheets, quizzes, exams, activities, and a long list of links and resources. If I pile it up right, it should be appropriate for more than just sixth graders.

Now, I know that resource units are of interest pretty much only to teachers, but I would like to make this thing available for download when it’s complete. It might be a good resource for Holmesians whose children’s school experience is woefully lacking.

At any rate, it ought to be up here in a few weeks at the most. I have to find fun graphics and such. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Sixth Graders and Sherlock Holmes

  1. Don’t forget what an outstanding unit this would be homeschoolers of any age. As a homeschooling mom, it’s so great to have lessons that I enjoy as much as my daughter does. We can never create too many Holmesians! Problem-solving strategies create active learners instead of passive readers, too.

    • That had occurred to me. 😉 That’s part of why I wanted to post it publicly; it could be used by home teachers as well as school teachers, or really anybody who felt like looking into Sherlock Holmes.

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