Hound of the Baskervilles - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 8-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: England, 1880s

Genre: British Literature, Mystery

Page Count: 68 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 8 weeks

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Embark on a journey to unravel the enigmatic masterpiece spun by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of the Baskervilles!
Immerse yourself in the atmospheric tale surrounding the untimely demise of Sir Charles Baskerville, the squire of the ancient Baskerville estate in the heart of West England. Dr. Mortimer, a close confidant, detects an eerie connection between Sir Charles' death and an age-old family legend that whispers of a malevolent and monstrous Hound haunting the Baskervilles, seeking retribution for the sins of their ancestors. Gripped by concerns for the safety of Sir Henry Baskerville, the courageous young heir to the Baskerville legacy, ancestral home, and family fortune, Dr. Mortimer beseeches the brilliance of the renowned detective, Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes assigns his loyal companion, Dr. Watson, to safeguard Sir Henry within the unsettling confines of Baskerville Hall. Amidst the vast desolate moorlands surrounding Baskerville Hall, Dr. Watson finds himself entangled in a complex web of secrets and superstition. Experience the clash between reason and science against the backdrop of the supernatural, and the eternal battle of good versus evil, as Sherlock Holmes races against the clock to untangle the bewildering mystery and rescue Sir Henry, all before history repeats itself.

Progeny Press' Hound of the Baskervilles English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts Credit: This High School level literature curriculum offers a one-quarter credit for students.
Background Information:
Discover the genre of Gothic Fiction.
Author Biography: Learn about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and gain contextual insight into his work.
Before-You-Read Activities: Complete activites designed to enhance your studies and understanding, such as geographical terms, video documentaries on moors, Dartmoor historical research, folk legends, dog breed research.
Vocabulary: Master the words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Explore various literary techniques used in the novel, such as 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: Analyze and discuss moral quandries, character 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, and love.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Conduct various activities and writing assignments related to geography and Dartmoor in Devon, England, delve into legends, study dog breeds, explore phrenology, participate in mapping activities, learn about memory games, discuss self-confidence, learn about design and typesetting, understand the British peerage system, conduct a study on biblical perseverance, explore detective dime novels, research South African gold, write a history research paper, create a 3-D architectural project, build a science photographic butterfly collection, experiment with epistolary fiction, keep a journal, engage in creative writing, participate in class discussions on multiple topics, solve word searches, discover 19th-century women's professions, learn about painters and phosphorus pigments, examine the issue of abuse, go on a field trip, and explore community resources and volunteer opportunities.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Continue reading with an in-depth, curated 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 Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

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Book Awards:
#128 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200) • New York Public Library Book of the Century

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
England 1880s
British Literature, Mystery
Study Guide Page Count:
83 pages
Study Guide Author:
Michael S. Gilleland and Mike Poteet
For the Book By:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Workbook ISBN: