The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Media Item

Bibliographic Information: Granada Television. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 1984.

Plot Description:
The 13-episode television show follows the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. John Watson. Holmes is a detective who solves cases through the application of intimate observation and ruthless logic. The episodes are based off of various short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Quantitative Reading Level: Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 39.7

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This television show is presented in third-person, focusing on Holmes’ adventures with Watson. It teaches the importance of observation. The media is 3rd grade level.

Content Area: English

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Reading for 6-12: #2 Determine theme or central idea and analyze in detail its development; #3 Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain; #4 Analyze complex characters; #5 Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
  • CCSS for Writing for 6-12: #9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • CCSS for Language 6-12:  #3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening; #4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases; #5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuance in word meanings, such as interpret figures of speech.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a great series to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 9th grade through 12th grade. It explores themes of intrigue and adventure.

Supporting Digital Content:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086661/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes_%281984_TV_series%29

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