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.
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
Acquiesce - (v) to agree
Allusion - (n) indirect mention
Apocryphal - (adj) of dubious authenticity
Apprehend - (v) arrest or take into custody
Blasphemous – (adj) irreverent
Calamity - (n) a disaster
Conflagration – (n) uncontrolled fire
Coquette – (n) seductive woman
Depravity – (n) moral perversion
Disinterment – (v) dig up dead body
Duplicity – (n) deceptiveness
Ebullient – (n) zestfully enthusiastic
Enigmatic – (n) – mysterious or puzzling
Florid – (adj) flowery prose or ruddy color
Impervious – (adj) incapable of being penetrated
Incipient – (adj) beginning to exist
Labyrinthine – (adj) maze
Malefactor – (n) criminal
Multifarious – (adj) great variety
Obsequious – (adj) attempting to win favor by flattery
Pedantry – (n) inappropriate display of learning
Propriety – (n) appropriate behavior
Ruminate (n) think or meditate about
Sedulously – (adj) persistently or carefully maintained
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.