Unlocking a young person’s understanding
and appreciation of Sherlock Holmes

The game is afoot!

The Beacon Society, a scion of the Baker Street Irregulars, is searching for
children and youth eager to develop an understanding and appreciation of
the great detective… Sherlock Holmes.

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Begin Your Junior Sherlockian Training!

As a Junior Sherlockian-in-Training, you will complete the 2-2-1-b tasks to explore, experience, and extend your understanding and appreciation of Sherlock Holmes. The tasks will provide you with an in-depth study of Sherlock Holmes’ character traits, observational skills, capacity for critical thought, and inductive and deductive reasoning. Upon completion of the 2-2-1-b tasks and submission of “training evidence,” a certificate of completion will be granted from the Junior Sherlockian Society.
Junior Sherlockian Society

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EXPLORE

Complete TWO TASKS to be introduced to the great detective.

Explore the World of Sherlock Holmes

 

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EXPERIENCE

Read or listen to TWO stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Experience the Canon

 

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EXTEND

Complete ONE TASK to extend your understanding and appreciation.

Extend Your Understanding and Appreciation

 

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'B' RECOGNIZED

Submit your 2-2-1-b training evidence.

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

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

EXPLORE the World of Sherlock Holmes

Gas LightThe first of the 2-2-1-b tasks is to “Explore the World of Sherlock Holmes.”  As a Junior Sherlockian-in-Training, select and complete two tasks to be introduced to the great detective.  

  • Be introduced to Sherlock Holmes’s creator, “The Grand Game,” and Sherlockians by reading “The World of Sherlock Holmes” essay by Francine Kitts.
  • Watch The Great Mouse Detective*.  In the animated movie, Basil of Baker Street, a Victorian mouse detective who models himself after Sherlock Holmes, attempts to use his powers of reasoning to foil the villain’s plans for world domination.  (G)
  • If Sherlock Holmes had to apply for his position as a consulting detective, what background information, skills, and talents would his resume reveal?  Review Sherlock Holmes’s resume created by Dr. Marino Alvarez.
  • Watch Tom and Jerry meet Sherlock Holmes*.  In the animated movie, Sherlock Holmes, with the assistance of Dr. Watson, Tom, and Jerry, attempt to expose a relentless jewel thief.  (TV-G)
  • Read “221B” by Vincent Starrett and note the language, imagery, and structure of the poem.  Then, read Susan Diamond and Francine Kitts’s analysis.  Finally, complete the word search of the most prominent words in the poem.
  • Watch the Pink Panther in Sherlock Pink*.  In the cartoon short, Pink Panther dons a deerstalker and turns detective to track down a thief.
  • Read Baker Street Elementary comics, by Joe Fay, Steve Mason, and Rusty Mason.  The comic strip chronicles Sherlock Holmes and John Watson’s adventures if they had attended the same grade school.
  • Watch episodes of Sherlock Hound*.  In the anime tv show, Sherlock Holmes (a corgi) and Dr. Watson (a terrier) pursue a variety of thieves in steampunk London.
  • Watch episodes of Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century*. In the animated television series, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson battle crime for New Scotland Yard.  (TV-Y7)

*Movies and tv shows may be available at your local library or online- to view or purchase.  As a Junior Sherlockian-in-Training, you are always encouraged to seek parental guidance/permission when accessing online media.

“Come, Watson, come!” he cried. “The game is afoot.
Not a word! Into your clothes and come!”

The Adventure of the The Abbey Grange

EXPERIENCE the Canon

bowler hatNext, as a Junior Sherlockian-in-Training, “Experience the Canon.”  Read or listen to two stories from the Canon- the 56 short stories and 4 novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Most of the stories can be found online or at your local library.

As a Junior Sherlockian-in-Training, you are encouraged to seek parental guidance when choosing which stories to read from the Canon.  If you are a younger reader, abridged versions of “The Red-Headed League” and “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” are fine first reads. 

Suggested Abridged Texts for Younger Readers

  • Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes (A Stepping Stone Book)  Conaway, Judith (“The Red-Headed League” and “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” are two of three abridged short stories in this text- middle elementary grades)
  • Classic Starts: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes- Sasaki, Chris  (“The Red-Headed League” and “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” are two of six abridged short stories in this text- middle and upper elementary grades)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Redheaded League (On the Case with Holmes and Watson #07)  Shaw, Murray, M. J. Cosson, Sophie Rohrbach, and J. T. Morrow (“The Red-Headed League” is presented in graphic novel format- upper elementary grades)

“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.”

His Last Bow

EXTEND an Understanding and Appreciation

ViolinThe last of the 2-2-1-b tasks is to “Extend Your Understanding and Appreciation” of the great detective.  As a Junior Sherlockian-in-Training, select and complete one task.

  • Pastiches are Sherlock Holmes related stories that have been written by authors other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Read or listen to a Sherlockian pastiche.  As a Junior Sherlockian-in-Training, you are always encouraged to seek parental guidance when choosing which pastiches to read.
  • Children’s pastiche writer Derrick Belanger shares his advice for writing Sherlock Holmes related stories.  Read “10 Rules for Writing a Sherlockian Pastiche,” and then write a Sherlockian pastiche of your own. 
  • The Baker Street Irregulars is a literary society dedicated to the study of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Victorian world.  Local chapters are called scion societies.  Attend/participate in a local scion society’s meeting.
  • After reading “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle,” retell the story using Chris Schweizer’s paper dolls to someone who has not had the opportunity to read about “the whimsical, little incident.”
  • Dr. Marino Alvarez highlights “the three pipe problem” found in his adaptation of “The Red-Headed League.”  Perform the play with friends and/or family members. 
  • Sherlock Holmes described his method of examination as “founded upon the observation of trifles.”  Practice your observational skills, of small details, by Geocaching- the real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using a GPS-enabled device. Learn more about Geocaching.
  • Sherlock Holmes warns others of the “deception of obvious facts.”  Avoid deception while you develop your observational and reasoning skills by solving Graeme Base’s Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery or Enigma: A Magical Mystery.
  • The Sherlock Holmes stories are set in Great Britain’s late Victorian era.  Read issues of Baker Street Elementary’sThe Life and Times in Victorian London, by Joe Fay, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Rusty Mason, and Steve Mason, to learn more about 19th century England.  As a Junior Sherlockian-in-Training, you are always encouraged to seek parental guidance when choosing which issues to read.