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Reading Fiction: The Hound of the Baskervilles

In this worksheet, students read an extract from The Hound of the Baskervilles and explain how the writer creates an atmosphere.

'Reading Fiction: The Hound of the Baskervilles' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Understand Meaning

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

First, read this extract from Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle:


We had left the fertile country behind and beneath us. We looked
back on it now, the slanting rays of a low sun turning the
streams to threads of gold and glowing on the red earth new
turned by the plough and the broad tangle of the woodlands. The
road in front of us grew bleaker and wilder over huge russet and
olive slopes, sprinkled with giant boulders. Now and then we
passed a moorland cottage, walled and roofed with stone, with no
creeper to break its harsh outline. Suddenly we looked down into
a cup-like depression, patched with stunted oaks and firs which
had been twisted and bent by the fury of years of storm. Two
high, narrow towers rose over the trees. The driver pointed with
his whip.

"Baskerville Hall," said he.



Next, we will go through some questions about how the writer creates an atmosphere within the text. You can read it again at any time by clicking on the Help button.

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