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Elementary, my dear Watson!

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Elementary, my dear Watson!

Did you know?

1. Sherlock Holmes Day is celebrated
2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on
3. In the books, Sherlock Holmes lived
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Listen to the expert. Select the words you hear.

Find as many words as you can in this picture.

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Describe and compare the posters.

a) The first poster advertises a TV series.
b) The second poster promotes , a film featuring famous actors .
c) The colours in the first poster are er than in the second.
d) In the first one, Sherlock is played by a , whereas in the second one, he is played by a .

Look for Sherlock’s slogans online. Then, invent others.

“Nothing escapes them.”
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Read the article. Fill with the correct answer: right or wrong?

How to develop Sherlock Holmes-like power

Increase your powers of observation

► Give yourself challenges that force you to slow down: observe one new thing everyday. You will notice small details in your environment and daily life. And everything that’s out of place.
► Take notes to focus your attention: write descriptions and draw pictures of what you see. The more you do this on paper, the better you’ll do it on the fly.
► Meditate daily: it will teach you how to concentrate on what’s in your head.

Power up your deduction skills

► Analyse what you see or read, and ask questions: “Why is this important?” or “Why do I want to remember it?”
► Form connections between what you see and what you know: for example, mindmaps are a great way to make connections between all the things you know.
► Increase your knowledge base: Holmes is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge.

Adapted from How to Develop Sherlock Holmes-Like Powers of Observation and Deduction, Thorin Klosowski, November 15th, 2012.

a) To start your training, observe more than ten new things per day. 
b) You can write descriptions or make drawings to remember details. 
c) Meditation is a useful tool. 
d) Never ask questions to others or yourself. 
e) Read a lot about everything; you must know a lot. 

Look for the BBC version of Sherlock.

a) Who is the main actor? .
b) When is the story set? .
c) If you were a director adapting the story for TV, when would you set it and why?
▪ Medieval Britain, because .
▪ The 22nd century, because .
▪ The year 2017, because .
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Up to you!

A2 My invention is an eyeprint identifier. I used it to solve the burglary.
A2+ I compared the eyes of the suspects and found out who was the criminal.
Vers B1 If a thief tries to steal top secret documents, he will need to pass an eyescan. My eyeprint identifier will disclose him.
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