Reflection: Grappling with Complexity The Strange Man: How Dickens Creates Mystery and Suspense in Chapter 10 - Section 2: The Strange Man


I didn't provide a graphic organizer for this chapter, nor did I really direct them on how their notes section should be set up. The more advanced kids seemed to need a break from, what can be seen as, tedious work, since they already naturally come to conclusions without the scaffolding. I thought it was worth a shot. And it was worth a shot, but I've decided that for most chapters, most students still benefit from the specific directions and graphic organizers. I noticed that while walking around the room that some students just didn't know what to write. It's not a huge deal now, but detailed notes on these early chapters will be crucial when we read the third section in the novel, when all the answers to our pending questions are revealing. Even those who think the graphic organizers are tedious will be glad to have them when young Pip seems like a distant memory.

Instead of going back, I'm going to adjust the next class, so that we create a venn diagram contrasting chapter 10 with chapter 11. 

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The Strange Man: How Dickens Creates Mystery and Suspense in Chapter 10

Unit 2: Great Expectations Ch. 7-18: Applying Knowledge
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: SWBAT analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text creates mystery, tension, and suspense by asking unanswerable questions about the chapter and discussing Dickens' choices.

Big Idea: Suspense is created in the words used and in those left unsaid.

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