This engaging and informative lesson enables students to make sustained and insightful interpretations of Stevenson’s language when describing Mr Hyde throughout the novella ‘Strange of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.’ In particular, students analyse how the use of similes, varied verbs, and repetition, contribute to the portrayal of devilish man deprived of a social or moral conscience.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Understanding key information about 19th Century morality, and learning how the character of Hyde becomes separated from these ideals;
- Reading and comprehending key extracts describing Hyde in the text;
- Exemplifying and analysing Stevenson's use of language devices across his description;
- Describing their own immoral/hideous character utilising the same descriptive techniques;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Selected extracts from the text describing Hyde;
- Stevenson's Language worksheet (and completed answer sheet for teachers);
- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;
- Links to further reading for advanced students (internet access needed for these);
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. These resources were originally taught to GCSE students, but with subtle adaptations they have also been used with KS3 and A Level Students.
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