This engaging and informative lesson enables students to make detailed and precise interpretations of the introduction and development of the characters of Mr and Mrs Joe Gargery in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. In particular, students learn about how Pip perceives the two characters at different points throughout the text, and consider the messages that Dickens hoped to get across through the character development and plot events related to Mr and Mrs Joe.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
Identifying the character traits of Mr and Mrs Joe;
Reading and comprehending sections of the text in which Mr and Mrs Joe’s characters are introduced and developed;
Precisely analysing Pip’s opinions of Mr and Mrs Joe through the different stages of his moral and psychological development;
Analysing Dickens’ intentions and messages through the characters of Mr and Mrs Joe;
Peer assessing each other’s learning attempts.
Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
‘Mr and Mrs Joe’ comparison worksheet;
Cards for sorting activity;
All of the necessary extracts from the text (available freely online, but collated here);
Comprehensive lesson plan;
All documents are attached as Word and PDF in case formatting differs on your computer.
There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to mixed ability year 10 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities.
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