Teacher Guide

Great Expectations Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

There are many ways to connect to Great Expectations. Characters deal with conflicts and dilemmas such as unrequited love, wrestling with financial difficulties, finding a life path, and creating work-life balance. Following Pip, Estella, and other characters as they learn, struggle, succeed, and fail can prompt readers to trace the trajectory of their own lives. While students may not face the exact same situations faced by characters in the novel, conflicts and issues that are raised can still resonate deeply.

The thought questions in this lesson plan provide material and ideas that students can use to write short original essays and to develop their powers of thought. For the sake of...

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