Stories of Sherlock Holmes by HC120226083125

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									            STORIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
    Written by Arthur Doyle, adapted by Trevor Millum



Pre-reading

Pages 3 – 23

Discuss the following with your partner:

   Read and discuss ‘About the Author’ on Page 3. What do
    you learn about the inspiration of Sherlock Holmes
    stories?
   What made you choose this book to read? Did the front
    cover or synopsis attract you?
   What does ‘adapted’ mean with reference to adapted by
    Trevor Millum? Why has this been done?



Vocabulary Work:

* impulsively   (p10)
* inquest       (p11)
* deduce        (p13)
* venomous      (p22)
* acquitted     (p22)
               STORIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Pages 3 – 23

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1.   Who is the first character you are introduced to in
     Chapter 1? The author has used ‘I’ throughout the stated
     pages – what did he do at the beginning to allow him to do
     this?
2.   What does the author do in Chapter 1? Do you want to
     read on?
3.   There is a lot of dialogue between Holmes and Watson in
     the first chapters – in what way does Holmes speak?
4.   What does Holmes do at the end of Chapter 2? Why do
     this?
5.   Page 15 bombards the reader with a lot of information –
     what have we learned about the case and how do you think
     Holmes knows all of these things?
6.   Explain the phrase ‘Why does fate play such tricks with
     poor helpless worms’.
7.   Explain the phrase – ‘in ignorance of the cloud which rests
     upon their past’.
8.   Do you think the outcome of the story is a fair one? How
     else could it have ended?




FOLLOW-UP TASK

Use the first chapters to write all the clues you learnt about
the case. Use bullet points and keep your information to brief
notes – enough information to keep the clue clear, but not too
much description.
              STORIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Pre-reading

Pages 24 – 43

Discuss the following with your partner:

     The title of the next short story is ‘The Adventure of the
      Blue Carbuncle’ – what do you think it is going to be
      about?
     Can you remember what the word ‘deduce’ means from the
      last story? It appears in this story too.




Vocabulary Work:

*   commissionaire    (p25)
*   deductions        (p 28)
*   gullet            (p 42)
*   barred            (p 42)
             STORIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Pages 24 – 43

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1.    How did the mystery change from the way it began?
        (Page 28)
  2.    How has dialect been used on Page 33?
  3.    How did Holmes manage to trick the man on Pages 35 –
        36?
  4.    Why did Holmes stay at the market when the man
        started shouting? (Page 37)
  5.    Why did ‘John Robinson’ go red and what is meant by an
        alias? How do you think Holmes knew that was not his
        real name?
  6.    What do you think of Holmes letting the man go? Do
        you think his reasons are good ones? (Page 43)
  7.    What did Holmes mean by, ‘Chance placed in our way a
        most odd problem – and I think its solution is its own
        reward’. (Page 43)




FOLLOW-UP TASK

Work in your group to write your own Sherlock Holmes style of
story! You need to think of a mystery that can be solved and
then give clues away so people can try to deduce what is going
to happen!
This is a difficult challenge so get your heads together and
work collaboratively.
               STORIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Pre-reading

Pages 44 – 64

Discuss the following with your partner:

     This short story is called ‘The Adventure of Silver Blaze’
      – what do you think it is about? What or who might Silver
      Blaze be?
     Look at the chapter titles for the story – what clues do
      you get from these?




Vocabulary Work:

*   unique       (Page 45)       *   furlongs    (Page47)
*   cravat       (Page 50)       *   opium       (Page 50)
*   avenge       (Page 52)       *   resent      (Page 53)
*   ceased       (Page 53)       *   cataract    (Page 54)
*   infernal     (Page 57)
STORIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Pages 44 – 64

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1.    What does the author mean when he says ‘As ever, the
        newspapers only have room for some of the facts’?
        (Page 47)
  2.    At the end of Chapter 1, a lot of clues have been given
        – which clue changes the case from being a simply
        solved to a more confusing case? (Page 51)
  3.    What is meant by ‘He did not resent Holmes’
        objections’?
  4.    How do the illustrations add to the story? What is
        your opinion of them?
  5.    Chapter 4 ties many of the clues together – what do
        you find out in this chapter? Did you expect the story
        to be solved in this way?
  6.    Why has the author included Chapter 5 – ‘Holmes
        Explains’?




FOLLOW-UP TASK

Write a summary of the short story you have just read.
Remember to tell just the important points, but this is quite
tricky as Holmes shares all the clues of the crime with the
audience – it is your job to decide what is important and what
your summary must include.

								
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