Hound of the Baskervilles - E-GuideProgeny Press
#128 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200).
The classic mystery written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!
Sir Charles Baskerville, squire of the ancient Baskerville estate in West England, has died under mysterious circumstances and his friend, Dr. Mortimer, fears that his death is connected to an old family legend about a giant, demonic Hound said to haunt the Baskervilles as judgement for the sins of an ancient ancestor. Fearing now for the safety of Sir Henry Baskerville, the young man who has inherited the Baskerville title, the ancestral home, and the great family fortune, Dr. Mortimer appeals to the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes sends his associate, Dr. Watson, to keep Sir Henry safe at Baskerville Hall, where, on the vast and bleak moor surrounding Baskerville Hall, Watson finds himself entangled in an intricate web of secrets and terror. Rationalism is pitted against the supernatural, and good against evil, as Sherlock Holmes strives to solve the mystery and save Sir Henry.
Through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s gripping Sherlock Holmes' mystery, students will learn:
Background Information: Gothic Fiction.
Author Biography: Learn about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Before-You-Read Activities: Geographical terms, video documentaries on moors, Dartmoor historical research, folk legends, dog breed research.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Characterization, alliteration, consonance, assonance, repetition, narrator, facts & probabilities, imagery, allusion, tongue-in-cheek humor, in context, mood, liminality, similes, metaphors, verbs, epistolary fiction, anthropomorphism, fact vs. opinion, foreshadowing, synonym, antonym, irony, poetic justice, pathetic fallacy, hubris, protagonist, conflict, theme.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Qualities to admire, misfortune and suffering, spiritual battle, deceit, darkness & light, judging others, Pharisees, responsibility for one’s own actions, care for prisoners, doing good, love.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Geography and Dartmoor, Devon, England, legends, dog breeds, phrenology, mapping, memory games, Discussion about self-confidence, design & typesetting, British peerage system, Biblical perseverance study, Detective dime novels, South African gold, history research paper, architectural 3-D project, Science photographic butterfly collection, epistolary fiction, journaling, creative writing, multiple class discussion topics, wordsearch, 19th century women’s professions, painters, phosphorus, abuse, field trip, community resources and volunteer opportunities.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Movie suggestions included.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!
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- Recommended Grade Level:
- England 1880s
- British Literature, Mystery
- Study Guide Author:
- Michael S. Gilleland and Mike Poteet
- For the Book By:
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Study Guide Page Count:
- 83 pages