Sherlock Holmes | The Speckled Band | Short Story Unit | Review Escape Room

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Unlock the mystery of "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" with this Sherlock Holmes Short Story Lesson! Perfect for a mystery or crime unit, this lesson uses a proven reading strategy and Digital Escape Room to increase student comprehension and engagement. Your students will be fully immersed in the story as they work through the Google Slide Presentation, Readers Theater Script, Vocabulary, Writing Assignment, and digital and print Graphic Organizers. Based on the classic short story from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it's designed to bring the story to life and encourage active reading and critical thinking. A valuable resource for English teachers, literature teachers, and homeschooling parents. Give your students the opportunity to explore the world of Sherlock Holmes in an interactive, engaging, and fun way!


Helen Stoner asks Sherlock Holmes for his help after she began hearing a whistle in the middle of the night; the same whistle her twin sister heard before she mysteriously died. Only Holmes can come to her aid before it's too late.

6 Reading Parts - Dr. John Watson, Narrator, Sherlock Holmes, Helen Stoner,

Julia Stoner, Dr. Grimesby Roylott


  • Introduction to Sherlock Holmes Google Slide Presentation compatible with PowerPoint
  • Readers Theater Script
  • Pre-reading Quick Write
  • Post-reading Analytical Discussion Questions
  • Vocabulary Quiz w/ Answer Sheet
  • Sherlock Holmes Graphic Organizer (Print and Interactive Google Slide)
  • Instructions to access Google Forms and Student Worksheet to use with
  • Digital "Solve the Mystery of the Speckled Band" Review Activity Google Form.

For a fun way to reinforce key ideas: Sherlock Holmes - The Speckled Band - Word Search Puzzle


Alternative to "Popcorn" Reading. Use for guided reading, classroom play, 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.


"Solve the Mystery of the Speckled Band" Escape Room


1. Story Details Clue

2. Vocabulary Fill in the Blanks

3. Mystery Genre Terms Matching

4. Plot Order

5. Unscramble the Letter Clues to solve the Final Solution

Use as a One-Act Play and/or Reader's Theater for the upper grades. Adapted to script form from the original short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Contains original text. ATOS Book Level: 7.7

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.

***Digital Escape Room Game based on "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" full instructions and link that can be electronically shared with your students.

Related Resources:

Introduction to Sherlock Holmes | Presentation for PowerPoint & Google Slides

MEGA BUNDLE - Sherlock Holmes - Readers Theater Scripts - Digital Escape Rooms

Sherlock Holmes - The Speckled Band - Word Search Puzzle

Sherlock Holmes (2009) Movie Viewing Guide - Digital & PDF - Distance Learning

Sherlock Holmes - Three Short Stories 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 its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
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.


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