Grade: Senior
Subject: Literature

#1700. A brief biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Hol

Literature, level: Senior
Posted Tue Apr 25 09:40:39 PDT 2000 by Beth Caspersen (
IUP, Indiana, PA
Materials Required: Powerpoint, computer with TV hook-up
Activity Time: one 45-minute class period.

Rationale: Using powerpoint technology, students will be introduced to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his works concerning Sherlock Holmes. This can be used during
a unit on mystery and included with Doyle's work The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Objectives: Students will demonstrate base knowledge about Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle and his character Sherlock Holmes by completing a short multiple-choice quiz. Students will
solve mini-mysteries and logic puzzles in groups in preparation for puzzles to be given throughout
the unit.

Steps: 1)Introduce the author and give a brief biography of his life.
2)Introduce his character, Sherlock Holmes.
3) Give background information about the character where and when he was first introduced musical preference style of dress/image
4) Use a powerpoint presentation with logic puzzles and mini-mysteries for students to solve

Notes:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh Scotland and died in 1930.
He went to school at Edinburgh University and studied medicine under Joseph Bell. He practiced
as a doctor in Southsea, Birmingham for a short while before publishing his first short story
in 1879. His first novel was published in 1887, the same year A Study in Scarlet was
released in Beeton's Christmas Annual. Doyle wrote more than 50 books during his career,
spanning several genres, but is most well-remembered for his Sherlock Holmes stories which appeared
in The Strand, a magazine, from 1891 to 1905. In the course of his writing career he
authored 60 short stories about his famous dectective and one novel entitled,
The Hound of the Baskervilles. These works had a great
impact on the mystery genre and the collection of Sherlock Holmes stories are refered to as
the "Cannon" by its loyal followers.
Sherlock Holmes was born 6 January 1854. However the date on which he died still remains
a mystery. For most of his detective career Holmes lived at 221b
Baker Street with his collegue and friend Dr. John H. Watson. Holmes practiced
as a detective from 1881-1904. Most noted for wearing a cape and deerstalker hat, his image is
easily recognized. As a patron of the arts, Holmes is known for taking in the opera in London and
playing the violin. Many television series, movies, and games have been derived from this famous
detective, such as Young Sherlock Holmes> a movie produced in the 1985 and starring Nicholas
Rowe as the
great dectective and Sherlock Holmes
in the 22nd Century a current cartoon that places the detective in a futuristic setting.
The board game "221b Baker Street" was manufactured by Milton Bradley and recent computer games
including "The Adventure of the Rose Tatoo."