The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Fun Activities

Simon Winchester
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Dictionary Entry from Memory

Give each student a reasonably well-known word and ask them all to write down as many meanings, with examples of usage, as they can think of for that word using only their own knowledge. Then, have them compare their entry with that for the same word in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Story Based on a Dictionary Entry

In the same vein as the author starting the text with a dictionary entry, have students write a two-page story (fiction or non-fiction) that also begins with a dictionary entry for an appropriate word.

Lambeth Tragedy Newscast

Arrange students into groups. Have them script and perform the first five minutes of a newscast on The Lambeth Tragedy, complete with reporter(s) and real-life figures from the text.

Lambeth Marsh Tourist Brochure

Arrange students into groups. Have them produce a tourist brochure for Lambeth Marsh in the mid-...

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