© 2005 Peter Burkhart


Who Is Sherlock Holmes?

Unit/Theme: Sherlock Holmes      Level: Honors

Subject: Seventh Grade English

NYS Standards/ Benchmarks: E3b: Student participates in group meetings in which the student gives reasons in support of opinions expressed. E2b Produces a report that includes appropriate facts and details.


  • Introduce background on Sherlock Holmes.
  • Evaluate students prior knowledge
  • Provide time for student inquiry
  • Minilesson: Students will understand that Sherlock Holmes’ adventures have been read by millions of people and continue to remain popular.
  • Explain the text that will be used and the homework assignment.


  • Sherlock Holmes text
  • Photo of Sherlock Holmes
  • Oak tag
  • Mr. Burkhart’s deer stalker hat


  • Students have heard of Sherlock Holmes but probably not Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Students have read mysteries by Edgar Allen Poe w/ Detective Dupin


  • Minilesson: Teacher describes briefly his love of Sherlock Holmes and how he was introduced to the character.
  • Students will be provided time to write down everything they know about Sherlock Holmes. They may work in small cooperative groups. Group members will come up to a large piece of oak tag and write down facts they came up with (15 minutes)
  • The teacher will read them aloud and discuss some correct and incorrect assumptions (not providing too much information).
  • Students will take notes on the background of Sherlock Holmes’ creator, Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • On a Post-It note students will write a question or comment they might have about Holmes and they will be placed on a section of the board to be addressed in the future.


  • Social Studies


    "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don't know."

    - The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle


  • Homework: Bring in $3.00 to purchase a copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Journal. Write a one page entry describing the characteristics of a good detective.

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