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Great Expectations Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers and professors will be able to guide their students through Charles Dicken's classic novel Great Expectations. In addition to providing comprehensive character analyses, this lesson plan offers guidance through the novel's primary themes, including loneliness, identity, and victimization. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Joe says in Great Expectations, "We don't know what you have done, but we wouldn't have you starved to death for it, poor miserable fellow-creature." What do we learn about Joe's character from this quote? Joe is kind-hearted and cares about others' needs. He can overlook faults and see a person as a fellow human being who should be treated with basic considerations.
- Identify Mr. Wopsle and Mr. Pumblechook from Great Expectations. Mr. Wopsle is a church clerk with theatrical tendencies. Mr. Pumblechook is Joe's uncle who is overbearing, pompous and hypocritical.
- What happened when Pip met the convict in the marshes the second time? He gave the convict the file and food and happened to mention that there was a second convict on the loose in the marsh area, too.
- At the end of chapter 4 of Great Expectations, why did Pip "run for his life," and why didn't he get very far? He thought the fact that the pork pie was missing was about to be discovered (and he knew Mrs. Joe would go on a rampage). He only got as far as the door because soldiers were there.
- Identify Miss Havisham, Estella, and Biddy from Great Expectations. Miss Havisham is an elderly spinster jilted on her wedding day. Estella is the young girl Miss Havisham has taken to raise. Biddy is the young niece of Mr. Wopsle.
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