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A Fun Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Vocabulary Activity for Your Class

written by: Donna Cosmato • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 2/14/2012

Let's look at some important vocabulary words from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and try a fun activity to teach them. This is a great classroom activity, but you can also use the word bank as a homework handout or study guide. A copy to download is included.

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    Preparing Your Lesson

    Timeframe/Grade Level: This lesson is designed for high school students and can be taught in about 30-60 minutes.

    Objective: Introduce vocabulary words and definitions for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Vocabulary development, fluency, and word recognition are encouraged by using a fun game.

    Prior Knowledge: This lesson builds on independent student reading, classroom discussions, and other lessons in the unit lesson plans for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    Materials Needed:

    All you need to teach this simple lesson are a couple of soft foam balls and copies of the vocabulary word bank. If you would like to use the vocabulary list for homework, a quiz, or a study guide, please click here to download it without the definitions.

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    Vocabulary Word Bank Needed

    1. Acquiesce - (v) to agree
    2. Allusion - (n) indirect mention
    3. Apocryphal - (adj) of dubious authenticity
    4. Apprehend - (v) arrest or take into custody
    5. Blasphemous – (adj) irreverent
    6. Calamity - (n) a disaster
    7. Conflagration – (n) uncontrolled fire
    8. Coquette – (n) seductive woman
    9. Depravity – (n) moral perversion
    10. Disinterment – (v) dig up dead body
    11. Duplicity – (n) deceptiveness
    12. Ebullient – (n) zestfully enthusiastic
    13. Enigmatic – (n) – mysterious or puzzling
    14. Florid – (adj) flowery prose or ruddy color
    15. Impervious – (adj) incapable of being penetrated
    16. Incipient – (adj) beginning to exist
    17. Labyrinthine – (adj) maze
    18. Malefactor – (n) criminal
    19. Multifarious – (adj) great variety
    20. Obsequious – (adj) attempting to win favor by flattery
    21. Pedantry – (n) inappropriate display of learning
    22. Propriety – (n) appropriate behavior
    23. Ruminate (n) think or meditate about
    24. Sedulously – (adj) persistently or carefully maintained
    25. Violent – (adj) acting with great force
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    Teaching the Lesson

    Try this fun game to help the students learn the definitions for the vocabulary words. Divide the class into groups to study the words. Students take turns pitching a soft foam ball to another student.

    Here's how it works: the pitcher gives the catcher a word to define. If the student defines the word, he gets to pitch the ball to another student, and the play revolves around the circle. If the catcher cannot define the word, she must leave the circle and look up the definition for the word, write it out, and bring the definition back to the circle as a pass for re-admittance to the game. Play continues around the circle until all the words are defined or class time is up.

    This lesson introduces key vocabulary terms used in the novella. Students define these words and understand them in the context of the story. To extend the lesson, download the vocabulary list, and use it for homework or a study guide.


  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

Unit Lesson Plans for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Here is a collection of lesson plans and study guides for a unit study on the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  1. A Fun Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Vocabulary Activity for Your Class
  2. An Important Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Reading and Discussion Lesson
  3. Robert Louis Stevenson Biography for Dr. Jeykll Unit Study