Comparing Realistic and Fictional Settings

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High School
Reading & Writing
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Homework Assignment

In this lesson, the students will read The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and then they will look up information about the places the author used in his book. They will write an essay about the realistic settings and compare them to the settings in the book. They need to have a computer to type their final copy.


To look up the settings in The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
To learn about realistic and fictional settings
To write an essay comparing realistic and fictional settings

Materials Needed

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Notebook paper
Pens and whiteouts
Computer and paper


First, you will have the students read The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As they read, they will write down the main facts about the settings such as specific names and descriptions of those names. When they have finished reading the book, they are ready to write out their essays. They need to write their essays on notebook paper first, and then they can type it on the computer for their final copy. When they have finished their first draft, they need to set it aside for a while and pick it up later so they can read over their essay and make sure they have used correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph structure. After they have edited their work and typed the final copy, they can submit their papers to you for grading.


You can grade the students on the accuracy of their information of the realistic settings and their comparison to the fictional settings.

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