Reflection: Journaling Describing Miss Havisham Makes Me Gag: Analyzing Dickens' Diction in Chapter 8 (Day 2 of 2) - Section 3: Using Journals to Personalize the Reading


I gave a quick journal prompt after our reading today because I wanted to prepare them for the homework tonight. I know that Pip's lies to Mrs Joe in the next chapter can be confusing, but if they expect that he might lie to her-- and even if they understand why he would lie-- they will not be tripped up by the strange conversation.

Moreover, the time to journal forces them to think independently. They have to weigh Pip's options and make a decision based on what they know about the character and the circumstances. It doesn't matter if they make the right decision or not; I'm much more interested in the thought-process and their ability to defend their opinions. The conversation we had after our journaling time, albeit short, proved that the think-time was helpful. The class was split almost in half: some expecting Pip to lie because the truth is too unbelievable, and others expecting him to tell the truth, since he's so honest. I know this conversation will help them work through their reading tonight.

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Describing Miss Havisham Makes Me Gag: Analyzing Dickens' Diction in Chapter 8 (Day 2 of 2)

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

Objective: SWABT analyze the words and phrases that are used to describe the characters of Miss Havisham and Estella by completing a close reading and discussion of chapter 8.

Big Idea: The diction and details used to describe Miss Havisham prove that language is powerful.

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