September 5, 2017
The Beacon Society, a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, has proudly launched the Junior Sherlockian Society. The society invites children and youth to complete Junior Sherlockian Training- an in-depth study of Sherlock Holmes’s character traits, observational skills, capacity for critical thought, and inductive and deductive reasoning. During the online training, at JuniorSherlockian.com, Junior Sherlockians-in-Training complete the 2-2-1-b tasks to explore, experience, and extend their understanding and appreciation of the great detective.
The tasks include opportunities to
- Be introduced to Sherlock Holmes’s creator, “The Grand Game,” and Sherlockians by reading “The World of Sherlock Holmes” essay.
- Read the Baker Street Elementary comics. The comic strip chronicles Sherlock Holmes and John Watson’s adventures if they had attended the same grade school.
- Retell “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” using paper dolls to someone who has not had the opportunity to read about “the whimsical, little incident.”
- Perform the “The Red-Headed League” play, an adaptation of “the three pipe problem,” with friends and/or family members.
- Read “10 Rules for Writing a Sherlockian Pastiche,” and then write one of their own.
- Review Sherlock Holmes’s resume. If Sherlock Holmes had to apply for his position as a consulting detective, what background information, skills, and talents would his resume reveal?
- Explore the language, imagery, and structure of “221B,” by Vincent Starrett, and complete a word search of the most prominent words in the poem.
- Read issues of Baker Street Elementary’s “The Life and Times in Victorian London,” to learn more about 19th century England.
Upon completion of the tasks and submission of “training evidence,” a certificate of completion is granted.
Please share this announcement and encourage children and youth in your area to participate in the training. A promotional poster and bookmarks may be accessed at JuniorSherlockian.com/resources. Also, plan to join the Junior Sherlockian Society’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/JuniorSherlockian. The page was developed to connect and resource friends of the Junior Sherlockian Society.