Sherlock Holmes | The Engineer's Thumb | Readers Theater | Short Story Unit

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Detective Fiction: "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" based on the short story from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Readers Theater Script, Writing Prompt, Discussion Questions, and Print & Digital Graphic Organizer.

*After being contacted to work on machinery in the middle of the night, engineer, Victor Hatherley experiences a crazy adventure that ends up with him lying unconscious in a pool of blood and his thumb cut off. Luckily, the physician called to help him is John Watson.

11 Reading Parts - Dr. John Watson, Narrator, Sherlock Holmes, Guard, Victor Hatherley, Col Stark, Elise, Fritz, Detective Bradstreet, Plain-Clothes Policeman, Station Master


  • Readers Theater Script
  • Writing Prompt
  • Discussion Questions
  • Print and Digital Graphic Organizer


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

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.

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

Introduction to Sherlock Holmes Presentation for PowerPoint

Sherlock Holmes - The Engineer's Thumb - 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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