In this engaging and informative lesson, students make clear and insightful interpretations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s use of language throughout 'The Sign of Four.' In particular, students analyse how Doyle uses metaphor, alliteration and pathetic fallacy to describe the journey Holmes and Watson take across the dreary streets of London in Chapter 3.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which students learn through:
- Define and exemplify a range of language devices, including pathetic fallacy;
- Reading and understanding chapters 3 and 4, in which Holmes, Watson, and Miss Marston travel across London to meet Mr Thaddeus Sholto;
- Identifying and analysing the language techniques used by Doyle in describing the London streets;
- Analysing Doyle's intentions in using each of the language features, and considering the effect that these have upon the reader;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole Lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Paper Copies of Chapters 3 and 4;
- Cards for the Card-Sorting Activity;
- Language Techniques Worksheet (and Teacher Answer Sheet);
- Essay Template;
- Detailed Lesson Plan
There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. These resources were originally taught to GCSE students, but with subtle adaptations they have also been used with both younger and older (up to A Level) students.
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