Great Expectations - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 9-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: England, 1800s

Genre: British Literature

Page Count: 72 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 11 weeks



Experience the captivating journey of Pip in this timeless tale filled with intrigue and transformation. Follow Pip from his humble beginnings as a young boy to his emergence as a grown adult in this enthralling narrative. Accompanied by his sister, Mrs. Joe, and her husband, the skilled blacksmith Joe Gargery, Pip eagerly anticipates the day he can apprentice under Joe. However, a fateful encounter with an escaped convict in a churchyard and a peculiar request from the enigmatic spinster, Miss Havisham, forever alters Pip's destiny.
Prepare for a world turned on its head as Pip finds himself confronted by Estella, Miss Havisham's protégé, who scorns his modest mannerisms and appearance, instilling a deep sense of shame within him. Suddenly, an anonymous benefactor contacts Pip through the reputable lawyer, Mr. Jaggers, offering to elevate him to the status of a gentleman and provide a life of financial security.
As years pass, Pip grows into adulthood consumed by "Great Expectations" fueled by his desires for Estella, wealth, and his future. However, amidst his aspirations, he discovers that everyone harbors expectations, and appearances can be deceiving.
Immerse yourself in Charles Dickens' masterful storytelling as he introduces a cast of unforgettable characters and offers profound insights into the human condition. Discover why this classic continues to resonate with readers across generations.

Progeny Press' Great Expectations Language Arts Great Expectations PDF curriculum will provide your High School student with:

English/Language Arts Credit: This High School level literature curriculum offers a one-quarter credit for students.
Historical Background: Explore the Industrial revolution.
Author Biography: Gain insights into the life of Charles Dickens.
Before-You-Read Activities: Gain context for the story by learning about Penal colonies, blacksmithing, Newgate prison, and caricatures using a variety of assignments and activities.
Vocabulary: Boost your mastery of words used in the novel using various activities, ensuring better retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Delve into context, rhythm, pacing, mood, comic relief, irony, point of view, foreshadow, foil, antonym, synonym, anthropomorphism, exposition, repetition, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, compare/contrast, anaphora, pathetic fallacy, dictionary, epiphany, dramatic structure, coming-of-age, dynamic/static, theme, and aesthetic distance.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Dig into moral issues and character growth, such as caring for widows and orphans, responsible for our actions, self-image, social rank, wealth, encouragement, allusion, juxtaposition, contentment, pride, empathy, money/debt, vanity, God is our security, work, female roles, and cognitive dissonance.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Engage in thought provoking activities covering expectations, knighthood, ancestry, funerals, lotteries, financial planning, depression, art, eulogy, multiple writing/essay choices, and drama.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Access an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. 

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Book Awards:
#17 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200) • Great American Read #29

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
England 1800s
British Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
94 pages
Study Guide Author:
Michael S. Gilleland
For the Book By:
Charles Dickens

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