This engaging and informative lesson enables students to make sustained and insightful interpretations of the theme of duality within Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.’ In particular, students explore the differences in personality between Jekyll and Hyde, and infer Stevenson’s key messages about the duality of human nature.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Defining and understanding the belief in the duality of human nature across history;
- Reading and comprehending Jekyll's view of the duality of human nature in the final chapter;
- Comparing and contrasting the personalities of Jekyll and Hyde;
- Retelling the same event from the viewpoint of both Jekyll and Hyde;
- Analysing Stevenson's key message about the duality of the mind;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Extract from the final chapter;
- Jekyll's duality worksheet (and answer sheet for teachers);
- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;
- 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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