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.
Roll over the 221b Baker Street address below to begin your Junior Sherlockian training.
EXPLORE the World of Sherlock Holmes
The 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.
- Read “A Man Who Never Lived Can Never Die,” by Laura Sook Duncombe, to be introduced to the magical world that includes an ordinary man with an extraordinary story.
- 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
Next, 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
The 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.
- Enjoy Sherlock’s Spotlight, an entertaining and educational Sherlock Holmes gazette. Within each quarterly issue, you will find character profiles, story summaries, games, and puzzles! You can even submit your Sherlockian themed artwork to be highlighted on future gazette covers. Learn more
- 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.
- Meet Nancy Springer, the author of the Enola Holmes novels. Read an interview with the novelist conducted by Rowan, a sixth-grader, of Franklin, TN. Ms. Springer has described Sherlock Holmes as a cape-wearing superhero. Who are her heroes?
- Meet Elizabeth Eulberg, the author of the Shelby Holmes novels. Read an interview with the author conducted by 4th graders in Franklin, TN. Why did she choose Harlem as the setting for her books?
After reading the pastiche Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls, explore Victorian dining. Review a Junior Sherlockian’s list of the foods and drinks the characters enjoyed in the story, and then cook or bake one of the Victorian dishes for you to enjoy.
- 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.
- In “The Final Problem,” Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of crime, and Sherlock Holmes finally meet. Gather a group of friends and/or family members and perform Donald Novorsky’s adaptation of the short story.
- 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’s “The 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.
Finally, as a Junior Sherlockian-in-Training, you will be recognized for your efforts. Identify the 2-2-1-b tasks that were completed during your training by clicking the button below.
** The Junior Sherlockian Society values truthfulness and operates on the honor system