Literature Circles for Middle School - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde {Digital & PDF}

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In this unit, students will work together to understand and enjoy The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Students will think about what they read, write responses to this novel in their discussion logs, and will discuss their ideas in small groups with other students. In this process, students will identify themes, analyze vocabulary, and recognize writing techniques. This unit provides the teacher with the organizational structure to form literature circles in a middle school classroom for any novel. Along with teacher directions for seven to nine fifty-five minute lessons, it includes the following:

•Sample Schedule (editable)

•Discussion Log Directions

•Additional Teacher Notes on Chapter One of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

•Discussion Log Rubric (editable)

•Literature Circle Discussion Guidelines

•Prompts to Help Move a Literature Circle Along

•Basic Structure of a Literature Circle Discussion

•Evaluation of Discussion Rubric (editable)

•Author Notes on Robert Louis Stevenson

•Historical Notes on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

•Teacher Guiding Questions on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for each scheduled Literature Circle Meeting

•Story Quilt Rubric for any novel (editable)

•Story Quilt Presentation Evaluation

•Book Test on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Multiple Choice & Essays with Rubric (editable)

Along with PDF copies, you will also be given access to links that will allow you to open the unit handouts, rubrics, and test in Google Slides. You can edit these as you like and share the files with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides.


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Total Pages
26 core PDF pages; 26 Digital pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).
Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., verbal irony, puns) in context.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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