Great Expectations - Study 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

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This classic book is the sometimes complicated, always fanciful and entertaining story of Pip from small boy to adult. Living with his sister, Mrs. Joe, and her husband the blacksmith, Joe Gargery, Pip is looking forward to the day when he can be apprenticed to Joe. But a chance encounter with an escaped convict in a church graveyard and a demand from the strange spinster, Miss Havisham, for a young boy to come play at her estate, changes Pip's life forever.
Pip has his world turned upside down when Estella, Miss Havisham's protégé, sneers at Pip's commoner habits and appearance, and Pip becomes ashamed of who and what he is. Then an anonymous benefactor contacts Pip through the services of the lawyer, Mr. Jaggers, and promises to make a gentleman out of him and pay his way through life.
Years later, the grown man, Pip, has developed "Great Expectations" about Estella, Miss Havisham, wealth, and his future life. However, everyone has their own expectations and nothing is as it appears. Charles Dickens fills this classic with memorable characters and sharp insights into the human soul.

Progeny Press Great Expectations English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts credit: Earn one-quarter credit with this comprehensive High School literature curriculum.
Historical Background: Uncover the influence of the Industrial Revolution.
Author Biography: Dive into the captivating life of Charles Dickens.
Before-You-Read Activities: Provide context to the novel by learning about penal colonies, blacksmithing, Newgate prison, and caricatures.
Vocabulary: Enhance your language skills through diverse activities that promote retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Explore literary devices such as 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: Discover themes and lessons about 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, cognitive dissonance.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Engage in assignments and activities covering expectations, knighthood, ancestry, funerals, lotteries, financial planning, depression, art, eulogy, multiple writing/essay choices, drama.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include 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. 

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refines their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

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
Workbook ISBN: