"Sherlock Holmes and the Scientific Method": Sherlock Holmes, the infamous detective, was really a scientist at heart. We will read and discuss Sherlock Holmes stories to understand how he successfully solved cases by applying the scientific method. We will also examine these stories as an example of how language can be used for exploration, description, and summary. Students will practice writing and speaking about portions of Sherlock Holmes stories they develop throughout the course. We will study the geology of England and see how it relates to some of Sherlock’s cases. At the culmination of the course, students will write an entire Sherlock Holmes story with a central plot element involving geology.