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Reading, understanding and responding to texts with Character Animator (English Literature GCSE England and Wales 2018)

Posted on 12/2/17 by Greg Hodgson Last updated on 12/8/17


Exploring the novel Jekyll and Hyde with Adobe Character Animator.

Any teacher from any subject could use Adobe Character Animator to explore, understand and report. The example below focises on English teachers but with a little thought and adaptation could be used by anyone.


This resource is for teachers in England and Wales delivering The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as part of the English Literature GCSE.

Explore the text in a fun and dynamic way, engage reluctant learners and create a class resource that can be used for revision, fun class delivery or student presentations.

So how could I use Character Animator?

Once you have cracked the basics of Character Animator by watching our video tutorial the tool can be used in a million ways to engage students with the text.

Firstly accept that for the first 10 minutes of any Character Animator lesson students will want to play! Ask students to work in pairs and spend some time experimenting with voices for Jekyll and Hyde. Use the video tutorial as a learning resource so students can work at their own speed and you don't end up explaining how it works again and again. Once they have understood how to create a simple recording students will need clear guidance on why they are making this video! Below are some ideas on how you could use the Jekyll and Hyde character in your class.

Here are some ideas of the type of activities which lend themselves to AO1 and exploration of the theme of the duality of man.

  1. Interview Jekyll after the girl incident near the start of the novel. Ask students to work out questions and answers. eg. How did you feel when the affects of the drugs had worn off and you realised what you'd done?
  2. Develop this activity by asking Hyde the same question.
  3. Ask more able students to dig deeper. eg Ask Jekyll why he keeps doing this? or Ask Hyde what he thinks of Jekyll? Utterson? Lanyon?
  4. Explore moments in the text. eg. Ask Jekyll what happened after he shut the window in the middle of talking to Utterson and Enfield.
  5. Ask students to imagine looking in a mirror at a reflection of themselves as Hyde -convince Jekyll that there's no harm in continuing your transformation. Now ask students to be Jekyll. Try to persuade yourself never to take the drugs again and why you should resist being Hyde.

You could then use the student animations as a starting point for deeper class discussion or a lead into draft essay plans.

Now watch this video tutorial to see how to use Adobe Character Animator to investigate the characters of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: https://vimeo.com/245754381

Download the puppet: https://adobe.ly/2AZwIwc

Find out more about Character Animator here: http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/character-animator.html

AQA English Literature Assessment information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/scheme-of-assessment

BBC Bitesize GCSE Jekyll and Hyde information: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z8642p3

Have fun!

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