In this engaging and informative lesson enables students to make clear and insightful links between Arthur Conan Doyle’s 'The Sign of Four' and its historical context of 19th Century London. In particular, students learn about the Jack the Ripper murders and subsequent attitudes towards the police, before considering how these ideas are reflected through Athelney Jones in the novel.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which students learn through:
- Researching the context of 19th Century London, such as the Jack the Ripper murders and attitudes towards the police;
- Reading and understanding chapters 5 and 6, in which Athelney Jones makes his appearance;
- Identifying and analysing the language techniques used by Doyle in describing Athelney Jones;
- Analysing Doyle's intentions in presenting Athelney Jones in such a manner;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole Lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Paper Copies of Chapters 5 and 6;
- Athelney Jones links to context worksheet;
- Researching Context worksheet
- 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.
Please note that you'll need access to internet/laptops for the researching activity.
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