Sherlock Holmes: The Unit Study

Sherlock Holmes not only solves crimes, he gets even the most reluctant reader enthusiastically turning the pages of classic literature!

We have a number of resources for the Sherlockian-enthusiast as well as the first-time reader. Investigate how Holmes fits the definitions of classic literature AND popular literature. Check out our unique unit study geared towards middle school students (but can be used by younger and older readers.) Join our Baker Street Treasure Hunt. Search the boxes on the bottom of this page for different articles. And come back for more as we are (slowly) adding more layers to one of our favorite questions: What makes Sherlock Holmes the best selling fiction of all time?

Sherlock Holmes Unit Study

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You don't want to miss this unit study covering these stories.

Adventure of the Speckled Band

Sherlock Holmes in Magnifying Glass

Analysis of The Adventure of the Speckled Band. With this short story students learn about:

Silver Blaze

Silver Blaze Horse in Sherlock Holmes

Analysis of Silver Blaze. It was a who-dunn-it race to the finish-line as Sherlock tries to find who killed the trainer of the champion horse and where that horse has been hidden. Readers will also discover:

The Red-Headed League

The Red Headed League

When a dull-witted client with bright-colored hair shows up with a silly story, Sherlock spots a major crime. In The Red Headed League reader's will spot these clues about Doyle's techniques:

The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb

The Red Headed League

The Adventure of theEngineer's Thumb has a very different plot structure than the others. In fact, we find a story, within a story, within a story.

Readers have a new opportunity with this tale: to debate if this is one of Doyle's finest stories - or his worst.

The fine-tuned reader will also discover these features lost to casual observers:

The Adventure of The Crooked Man

Adventure of the Crooked Man analysis

How can you get a crimeless mystery AND a victim/bad guy? Check out our analysis of The Crooked Man.

Doyle delivered suspense and changed his plot structure - even though he let his detective do almost all the investigation without Watson or us tagging along.

A Scandal in Bohemia

A Scandal in Bohemia

In this tale we meet Irene Adler. While only appearing in this one story, her presence dominantes the series. Read more about Scandal in Bohemia - one of the most famous of the Sherlock short stories.

Adventure of the Dancing Men

Dancing Men Writing

Dancing Men: is this kids' play or a very dangerous game?

In The Adventure of the Dancing Men analysis, our literary sleuths will discover: Oh yes, and all while enjoying a Sherlock Holmes short story that is set off from the rest - it starts light-hearted and ends dark.

The Final Problem

The Final Problem Title

One of literature's most daring drama's: Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty face off at Reichenbach Falls. Doyle really took the plunge with this one. Do you think Doyle's strategy in The Final Problem was good for readership? Or not?

Sherlock Holmes Map Sherlock Holmes Vocabulary List

Tools of the Wide-Eyed Reader of Detective Stories

Our unit study uncovers literary features that put Doyle, Holmes and Watson on the literary hall of fame. Conduct your own investigation and see how many of these you can uncover in each story:

Sherlock Holmes Detective Hat

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A catalog of our pages on Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock: The Unit Study Sherlock Holmes Unit Study
8 popular stories for Middle or High School
The Speckled Band Speckled Band
Compelling mystery of the whistle in the night
Silver Blaze
Who, where, and why of a dead man and missing horse
The Red Headed League Red Headed League
A silly-looking prank masking an international crime
The Engineer's Thumb Engineers Thumb
Is this one of Doyle's best - or worst - stories?
Crooked Man
Crooked Man
A truly crooked man in a twisted tale of betrayal
in Bohemia
Scandal in Bohemia
Multiple scandals in this drama of love gone wrong
The Dancing Men Dancing Men
Irony of honor in one of his saddest cases
The Final
Final Problem
Doyle's daring decision and the outcry that followed
More About Sherlock Consulting Detective
Interesting tidbits about the world's only consulting detective
More About Dr. Watson Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes
There's more to Dr. Watson than readers first see
Super Hero Prototypes Holmes and Watson: Superheroes prototypes
Are Holmes and Watson the super hero protypes?
List of All Short Stories List of Sherlock Holmes Short Stories
List of stories and longer books
Sherlock Holmes Quotes
Famous quotes, brilliant sayings, and intriguing insights
Action Plot Summary Summary of Sherlock Action Plot
The unique action plot made Sherlock stories a classic.
Who Is the Best
Sherlock Actor?

Sherlock Holmes best actors
If you want to watch, find who portrayed him the best.
Kids and

Sherlock stories for kids
Most appropriate Sherlock stories for kids
What makes Sherlock #1 Sherlock Holmes popularity
Why is he fiction's most popular character?
What about women?
Sherlock Holmes and Women
An armchair quarterback in the battle of the sexes

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