Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He was devised by British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle



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Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He was devised by British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his prowess at using logic and astute observation to solve cases. He is perhaps the most famous fictional detective, and indeed one of the best known and most universally recognizable literary characters.

Specific Character Traits: Described as “bohemian” in his habits and lifestyle by his partner and closet friend Dr. Watson, Holmes somehow always found what he needed in the chaos of his house just as well as he could make sense out of the most complicated of crime. He was noted for carrying a pipe, playing the violin, and using a magnifying glass like an accessory.

Activity: 10 Ways to Catch a Liar – Annotating practice and group discussion. Liars beware! Sherlock can spy a lie a mile away.

Please feel free to take home a magnifying glass as a reminder of this activity.

Nancy Drew is a fictional American character in a mystery fiction series created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer. The character first appeared in 1930. The books are ghostwritten by a number of authors and published under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Nancy Drew is a fictional amateur sleuth. In the original versions of the series, she is a 16-year-old high school graduate, and in later versions, is rewritten and aged to be an 18-year-old high school graduate . As a teenager, she spends her time solving mysteries, some of which she stumbles upon and some of which begin as cases of her father's. Nancy is often assisted in solving mysteries by her two closest friends: cousins Bess Marvin and George Fayne. Nancy is also occasionally joined by her boyfriend Ned Nickerson, a student at Emerson College.

Specific Character Traits: Nancy is well-off, attractive, and amazingly talented.

Activity: 1st Day Activities – Nancy was a school girl, and like most kids, the first day of class was her second favorite day next to her favorite day being the last day of class.

Please feel free to take home a glow-in-the-dark stick as a reminder of this activity. Nancy was known for sleuthing around in the dark, so a glow-in-the-dark stick would come in handy.

Columbo was an American television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by Richard Levinson and William Link, popularized the inverted detective story format, which began by showing the commission of the crime and its perpetrator; the series therefore has no "whodunit" element. The plot revolved around how a perpetrator whose identity is already known to the audience will finally be caught and exposed (which the show's writers called a "howcatchem," rather than a "whodunit"). Columbo was consistently underestimated by his suspects who, while initially reassured and distracted by his circumstantial speech, became increasingly annoyed by his pestering behavior. Despite his unassuming appearance and apparent absentmindedness, he was extremely intelligent and shrewdly solved all of his cases and secured all evidence needed for a conviction. His formidable eye for detail and relentlessly dedicated approach, often became clear to the killer (and even the viewer) only late in the story line.

Specific Character Traits Displayed: Columbo was a friendly, verbose, working-class, disheveled police detective of Italian descent, whose trademarks included wearing a rumpled, beige raincoat over his suit, and smoking a cigar.

Activity: Interviewing. Columbo had a way of asking questions and catching suspect off guard. Can you do the same?

Please feel free to take home an umbrella (a symbol of rain which connects to Columbo’s raincoat and some candy (connecting to Columbo’s childlike behavior) as a reminder of this activity.

Temperance “Bones” Brennan is a character on the crime procedural drama series called Bones. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology, with each episode focusing on an FBI case files concerning the mystery behind human remains. The series is loosely based on the life and writings of novelist and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. The character of the show is based on Reichs’ crime novel series’ protagonist.

Specific Character Traits Displayed: Brennan argues for science and evidence. She is an analytical person who struggles with showing emotion.

Activity: Descriptive Writing. While descriptive writing creates a mood/tone which is usually emotional, good descriptions can also be objective and paint a more accurate view for the reader. Brennan would agree.

Please feel free to take home the skeleton goodie bag of candy as a reminder of this activity.

Kojak was an American crime drama television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. The series was set in the New York City Police Department's Eleventh Precinct, Manhattan South Patrol Borough. Kojak was stubborn and tenacious in his investigation of crimes—and also displayed a dark, cynical wit, along with a tendency to bend the rules if it brought a criminal to justice.

Specific Character Traits Displayed: Kojak was a bald, dapper, New York City policeman, who was fond of Tootsie Roll Pops and of using the catchphrases, "Who loves ya, baby?" and "Cootchie-coo!"

Activity: Fact vs. Opinion. No facts escapes Kojak’s watchful eyes.

Please feel free to take home a lollipop as a reminder of this activity.

Magnum, P.I. was an American crime drama television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. He resided in the guest house of a posh, 200-acre beachfront estate, known as Robin's Nest, in Hawaii, at the invitation of its owner, Robin Masters, the celebrated-but-never-seen author of several dozen lurid novels. Ostensibly this is quid pro quo for Magnum's services based upon Magnum's expertise in security

Specific Character Traits Displayed: Magnum lives a dream lifestyle. He comes and goes as he pleases, works only when he wants to, has the almost unlimited use of a Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole, and many other luxuries of the estate. Magnum keeps a mini-fridge with a seemingly endless supply of beer ("Old Dusseldorf in a long neck"), wears his father's treasured Rolex GMT Master wristwatch, is surrounded by countless beautiful women (who are often victims of crime, his clients, or connected in various other ways to the cases he solves). Other characteristics specific to Magnum are his thick mustache, a Detroit Tigers baseball cap, a rubber chicken, and a variety of colorful Aloha shirts.

Activity: Process Writing. Magnum was more of a “go by the seat of your pants” kind of man, and he would have benefited from following steps.

Please feel free to take home a lei as a reminder of this activity.

Hercule Poirot was a fictional Belgian detective, created by Dame Agatha Christie. Poirot is one of Christie's most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 novels, one play (Black Coffee), and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975. Poirot likes things in an orderly manner (ie, books arranged on a shelf according to height) and approves of symmetry everywhere (residence Whitehaven Mansions is picked because of its symmetry). He despises dust and unclean homes and favors the indoors (especially central heating in the winter). Poirot also values method--to him the greatest method or tool in solving crime is using the "gray cells" of the brain. He derides such methods as examing footprints, collecting cigarette ash, searching for clues with a magnifying glass, or taking fingerprints. He says any crime can be solved with simply placing the puzzle pieces correctly. He is an armchair detective-- he has to simply "sit still in an armchair and think".

Specific Character Traits Displayed: Of course, Poirot's mustache is as famous as his "little gray cells". He has pride is his luscious, waxed black mustache and is always meticulously dressed down to his patent leather shoes.

Activity: Jigsaw Paragraph Building. Poirot likes order, and every paragraph must have order.

Please feel free to take home a Chapstick tube as a reminder of this activity. While it might be more appropriate to provide a mustache as a reminder of Poirot, most people do not enjoy mustaches, so I chose to use wax as the reminder and Chapstick is enough of a waxy substance to fit the bill and soothe the lips, which sit near where one would find a mustache.

Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the eponymous character, Adrian Monk. Adrian Monk was a brilliant detective for the San Francisco Police Department until his wife, Trudy, was killed by a car bomb in a parking garage, which Monk then believed was intended for him. In a later episode, he discovers the bomb was truly meant for Trudy. He later believes that Trudy's death was part of a larger conspiracy that she had uncovered during her time as a journalist. Trudy's death led Monk to suffer a nervous breakdown. He was then discharged from the force and became a recluse, refusing to leave his house for three and a half years, until he teams up with an aid and returned to solve mysteries, in his own way, of course.



Specific Character Traits Displayed: Monk's compulsive habits are numerous, and a number of phobias compound his situation, such as his fear of germs. Monk has 312 fears, some of which are milk, ladybugs, harmonicas, heights, imperfection, claustrophobia, driving, food touching on his plates, messes and risk. He however had a breakthrough from claustrophobia later in the series. The OCPD and plethora of phobias inevitably lead to very awkward situations and cause problems for Monk and anyone around him as he investigates cases.

Activity: Building strong reasons. Often Monk had to find good reason for leaving his home, even to investigate a murder.

Please feel free to take home some hand sanitizer as a reminder of this activity. Monk never leaves home without some.


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