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Unit 11
6 • Creation and arts

“You see but you don’t observe!”
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Can a timeless character still be reinvented?

On your way to the task - Step 1

Present the front and back cover you designed.
Activity 1
Activity 2


  • mysterious / intriguing (adj.)
  • famous / well-known (adj.)
  • vivid colours (exp.)
  • piercing eyes (exp.)
  • film adaptation (exp.)
  • background / foreground (n.)
  • detective /dɪˈtɛktɪv/ (n.)
  • drawing / painting (n.)

“You see but you don’t observe!”

Step 2

Write a wiki article about a modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.
Activity 3
Activity 4

Your final project

Create a female Sherlock Holmes character for the BBC's latest series.
Let's go!

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Step 3

Make a video review of an adaptation.
Activity 5

A Study in Pink, Alicexz, 2011.
A Study in Pink, Alicexz, 2011.

Get ready!

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Look at the vocabulary boxes below.
a. Find a title for each box.


b. Add the words from the toolbox into the vocabulary boxes.

c. Find a few more words for each category.

a. Look at the picture. Do you recognise the character?

b. What strikes you? What is the effect produced by this painting?

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Read the brainstorming questions and discuss them with your group. Do you read detective stories?

Read the idiom of the week below. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning and rephrase it.

Let's learn!

Silent teacher

  • You have to make your neighbour guess four words without speaking! You can either draw, mime or play hangman.

  • Then, switch roles.

Brainstorming question

Do you know modern versions of Sherlock Holmes?

Idiom of the week p. 155

Brainstorming question

What are the main differences with the original character?

IDIOM of the week!

To be caught red-handed

To be caught red-handed
This idiom dates back to the 15th century in Scotland. It may be an allusion to people who were found with blood on their hands after committing a crime. The first document mentioning it is the Scottish Act of Parliament written in 1432.

Modern Sherlock Holmes

  • blood /ˈblʌd/ (n.)
  • blood stains (n.)
  • crime scene (n.)
  • fingerprints (n.)
  • footprints (n.)
  • piece /ˈpiːs/ of evidence (n.)
  • clue / proof /ˈpruːf/ (n.)

  • magnifying glass /ˈmægnɪfaɪɪŋ ˌglɑːs/ (n.)
  • Inverness cape /ˈkɛɪp/ (n.)
  • pipe /ˈpaɪp/ (n.)
  • shadow (n.)
  • deerstalker /ˈdɪəstɔːkə/ (hat) (n.)
Modern Sherlock Holmes

  • culprit /ˈkʌlprɪt/ (n.)
  • murderer / assassin (n.)
  • policeman / officer (n.)
  • suspect (n.)
  • witness (n.)
  • robber / burglar (n.)
  • criminal / delinquent (n.)

  • arrogant (adj.)
  • clever / smart /ˈsmɑːt/ (adj.)
  • eccentric (adj.)
  • guilty ≠ innocent (adj.)
  • wise (adj.)

  • black and white (adj.)
  • film (n.)
  • poster (n.)
  • series (n.)
  • trailer (n.)

  • deduce /dɪˈdjuːs/ (v.)
  • investigate (v.)
  • kill / assassinate / murder (v.)
  • question / interview (v.)
  • rob / steal (v.)
  • solve a case (v.)
  • testify (v.)
  • witness (v.)
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