Sherlock Holmes

Instructor: Molly Isaacs-McLeod

Through study of select Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, we will learn about mystery, short stories, and attention to detail, not to mention a bit about the character himself. We will also learn a bit about the career and life of Conan Doyle, which spanned the 19th and 20th centuries. Please join us for this eight-week study of this elusive and quintessential detective!


Fall Semester:

Sherlock I Required texts may be found via this link:

  • The Red Headed League
  • The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual
  • The Blue Carbuncle
  • The Speckled Band
  • The Adventure of the Three Students
  • The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone


Spring Semester:

Sherlock II takes the study of Doyle’s iconic character to a new level. We will read a collection of the Sherlock stories and delve into the interesting world of fan fiction. Students will be expected to read, analyze, and present a story. Students will be invited to write and share a bit of their own fan fiction. While Sherlock I is not a prerequisite for this class, it is important to know that the level of participation and assigned work for this class is a step up.

Sherlock II Required texts TBD 



  • Student must be able to read and comprehend at an 8th-grade level or above.
  • Students must be able to actively participate in online discussion.
  • Please remember at Athena's Advanced Academy, parental involvement is necessary.


What to Expect in the Classroom:

Learning activities include communicating ideas, videos and multimedia, and web 2.0 tools to synthesize new concepts. In addition, students are asked to complete 3-4 main assignments during the week. Assignments include:

  • Required: Weekly reading assignments
  • Required: Responding to 1-2 forum questions - using at least five sentences. We will discuss these in the webinar.
  • Optional: Working with web 2.0 tools on online projects


What to Expect in the Webinar:

Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recorded sessions are available for students with schedule conflicts. Students are asked to contribute to the live webinar by doing the following:

  • Actively participating (via the microphone) to the class discussion by responding to the questions on the whiteboard
  • Please note: This class is discussion based. Only students who are ready (or need minimal encouragement to become ready) to use the microphone in an online class should enroll.


Enrollment in this 8-week course includes free access to moderated discussion forums and Athena's Minecraft server.


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