Sherlock Holmes | The Boscombe Valley Mystery | Readers Theater | Short Story

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Detective Fiction: Readers Theater Script "The Boscombe Valley" based on the short story from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Short story unit with analytical questions, writing prompt, print and digital graphic organizer for Google Classroom.

Inspector Lestrade asks Sherlock Holmes for help in solving the murder of wealthy landowner Charles MacCarthy. Holmes and Watson discover that the man's past may have led to his demise.

10 Reading Parts - Narrator, John Watson, Mary Watson, Sherlock Holmes, James McCarthy, Lestrade, Alice Turner, John Turner, Juryman, Hotel Waiter, Coroner


  • Readers Theater Script
  • Pre-reading Writing Assignment
  • Post-reading Discussion Questions
  • Mystery Genre Vocabulary
  • Print and Digital Graphic Organizer


Readers Theater Reading Strategy: Chunked original text helps students keep track of characters, organize ideas, and analyze text; improving student engagement and reading comprehension. Click HERE to learn more.

Alternative to "Popcorn" Reading. Use for guided reading, classroom play, skits, drama/theater unit, choral reading, virtual theater, breakout groups, or learning centers.

Use as a One-Act Play and/or Readers Theater for the upper grades. Adapted to script form from the original short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Contains original text.

Fun reading strategy to improve close reading and comprehension skills. Help students with reading, speaking, and listening skills.

Works well for performing arts, public speaking, Mystery, British Literature, and/or Short Story units.

Use as a quick and easy skit for Drama Club, English classroom, or ELD classes.

Great for building self-esteem and self-concept. Encouraging students who enjoy acting and reluctant readers.

Related Resources:

Sherlock Holmes Short Story Bundle - Readers Theater Scripts, Escape Room Game

Introduction to Sherlock Holmes Presentation for PowerPoint

Sherlock Holmes - The Boscombe Valley Mystery - Word Search Puzzle


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.


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