Sherlock Holmes | The Red-Headed League | Readers Theater | Short Story Unit

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5th - 12th, Homeschool
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My students really enjoyed this story, and they love to do reader's theater. The discussion questions were engaging, and they love the word search as well.
I love Readers Theater versions of stories and Sherlock Holmes is always so much fun to use like this!
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Improve your students' reading fluency and comprehension skills with an English Literature Lesson for Middle or High School. This Mystery Unit is based on the short story "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and it uses a proven reading strategy to help students engage with the text. Includes a PowerPoint presentation, a Reader's Theater Script, questions, vocabulary, and a word search. This lesson is perfect for bringing the classic story to life and encouraging active reading and critical thinking among your students.

A valuable resource for English teachers, literature teachers, and homeschooling parents. Additionally, it can be used for short stories, British literature, inference, characterization, deduction, or 19th-century literature lessons. Take your students on a thrilling literary adventure with Sherlock Holmes!


Mr. Jabez Wilson has an unusual encounter with The Red-Headed League. See how Holmes and Watson uncover this situation is more than a harmless prank.

9 Reading Parts - Dr. John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Jabez Wilson, Vincent Spaulding, Mr. Ross, Peter Jones, Mr. Merryweather, John Clay, Landlord


**PDF file provides links for Introduction to Sherlock Holmes and Digital Graphic Organizer to assign through Google Classroom.


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.

One-act play. Adapted from the original short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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, and/or short story units.

Use a quick and easy skit for Drama Club, literature circles, 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

Sherlock Holmes - Short Story Unit - Readers Theater - Digital Escape Room


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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.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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