Writing A Summary - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Grade Level
Middle School
Length of Time
1 hour

Students will select a topic from a list I have included in this lesson. The topics include short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This lesson will take more than one hour because the students will have to read the short story and then write a summary about it.


Students will learn:
About writing a summary of a short story
How to write a summary

Materials Needed

Collection of short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Notebook paper
Pencils and Paper / Pens and whiteouts


First, you will copy the worksheet so that each student will have a copy.

Then, you will talk to the students about writing a summary.

Students need to choose a topic from the list. The list contains short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes.

After that, they need to read their short story and write a summary about it. Worksheet - Questions for writing a summary on a short story.

Directions - Choose one of the topics below. Then, read the short story and write a summary. You can write the summary in pen or type it on the computer.

1. "The Reigate Puzzle"

2. "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

3. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"

4. "A Scandal in Bohemia"

5. "The Adventure of the Copper Beaches"

6. "The Man with the Twisted Lip"

7. "The Boscomb Valley Mystery"

8. "A Case of Identity"


You can grade the students on accuracy of the information in their summary, sentence structure, paragraph structure, grammar, and punctuation.

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