This assignment is so much fun! Students choose one of three what if starters to consider aspects of Great Expectations. One prompt requires students consider how the book will end while another requires students consider what would have happened if Pip never had a benefactor. The responses need to be logical based on the text, which leads to intense discussions about Dickens's text. After an allotted amount of time to work on the response, students share their responses. Because this is a fun supplementary writing activity, a number of approaches can be used to this assignment.
1. This can be a 40-minute lesson for students to write and share in one class period.
2. Students can complete the writing assignment one day and discuss the responses the next class.
3. Students can write the response for homework after reading part two of the novel and share the responses in class.
1. The teacher can also ask that students break up into groups(heterogeneously or homogeneously) based on prompt number to share the responses.
2. In a whole group discussion, each student shares his/her work.