Read, Write, Learn

Estimated Time: 3 hours

Read:

  • Chapters 1-4

Write:

  • As you are reading, write down any sentences or paragraphs that you like or have special meaning to you in your journal. Choose at least one passage from each chapter.
  • Pay attention to any words or phrases that you don't understand and write them in your journal. Look up the meanings of these words.

Learn:

  • In this study, you will learn about and look for red herrings. Read the definition and write it in your notebook.

Red Herring Examples and Definition - Literary Devices

A red herring in literature is a narrative element that is used to throw off readers and lead them to false conclusions. This is an especially popular literary device to use in detective stories and thrillers.

  • As you are reading, make a list of things that could be red herrings.
  • In this study, you will also be learning about narrative perspective. Read the following article that explains how the narrative perspective and point of view differ.

  • In your notebook, define point of view and perspective. Then determine the point of view of The Hound of the Baskervilles.


One of Sherlock's greatest assets is his powerful observational abilities. He notices and considers every detail about a situation or scene, determining how and if it is relevant to his case.

  • Read the following article, which will give you more details about the power of observational writing.

Observational Writing

Observation is a key skill to any writing. Observation is arguably the greatest tool for a writer of any genre. A well written piece allows the reader to see things in their mind as clearly as if they were seeing it with their own eyes. Good observational writing utilizes all of the senses in describing...