Chat to

Mrs Smith
and Jack Smith

Question Starting Points

Here are four questions you might ask Mrs. Smith and Jack Smith, the wife and son of the owner of the Aurora:

How has life aboard the Aurora shaped your experiences and perspectives, Mrs. Smith?

Jack Smith, as the son of the owner of the Aurora, what unique insights and responsibilities do you have on the ship?

How have your interactions with the crew and passengers aboard the Aurora contributed to your understanding of the events unfolding in “The Sign of Four”?

Mrs. Smith, as a member of the crew and a witness to the mysteries surrounding the case, what emotions and challenges have you faced in navigating this journey?

These questions provide an opportunity for Mrs. Smith and Jack Smith to share their perspectives and shed light on their experiences aboard the Aurora, their roles in the story, and their reactions to the unfolding events.

Educational Levels

You have three options for teaching and learning (UK).

Option 1 – Entry Level:  This level is perfect for introducing your students to the world of fictional plays/books and characters. It provides a fun and accessible starting point, allowing them to explore and develop a basic understanding. These would typically be Primary School: Foundation Stage (ages 3-5), Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7), and Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11).

Option 2 – Intermediate Level: If your students have a good grasp of the fictional play/book and characters, this level will challenge and expand their knowledge further. It encourages critical thinking and more profound engagement while building upon their foundation. These would typically be Secondary School: Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14), Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16, leading to General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations)

Option 3 – Advanced Level: Designed for students seeking a higher academic rigour, this level offers an enriching experience for those ready to delve into complex themes, analyze characters in-depth, and explore advanced concepts. These would typically be Post-16 Education: Key Stage 5 (ages 16-18), AS Level (Advanced Subsidiary Level, usually studied in the first year of Key Stage 5), A Level (Advanced Level, usually studied in the second year of Key Stage 5), Higher Education: Undergraduate Level (bachelor’s degree) Postgraduate Level (master’s degree, doctorate, etc.)

Prompt Tips

Input character-specific questions: Ask Chat Books AI about specific fictional characters from the 19th century, such as their motivations, personality traits, or relationships with other characters.

  • Provide context: When asking questions about fictional characters, provide relevant context from the story or novel to help Chat Books AI generate more accurate responses.
  • Seek character analysis: Ask Chat Books AI to analyze and interpret the actions, decisions, or conflicts of 19th-century fictional characters, considering their societal, historical, or psychological contexts.
  • Explore character development: Inquire about the character development of specific individuals throughout a novel or series of works, and ask Chat Books AI to identify key turning points or changes in their personality or beliefs.
  • Compare characters: Ask Chat Books AI to compare and contrast different 19th-century fictional characters, focusing on their traits, roles, or thematic significance within the literary work.
  • Discuss character symbolism: Inquire about any symbolic representations associated with certain characters and ask Chat Books AI to explore their deeper meanings or contributions to the overall themes of the story.
  • Investigate character archetypes: Explore if certain characters from the 19th century embody specific archetypes or archetypal roles and ask Chat Books AI to explain the significance or implications of these archetypes.
  • Seek insights into character relationships: Inquire about the dynamics between characters, their interactions, conflicts, or alliances, and ask Chat Books AI to provide analysis or explanations for the nature of these relationships.
  • Ask for character perspectives: Pose questions as if you were interviewing a 19th-century fictional character and ask Chat Books AI to respond as if embodying that character, providing unique insights or subjective viewpoints.
  • Use character quotes: Provide quotes from the fictional works featuring the characters you’re interested in and ask Chat Books AI to provide analysis, context, or further explanations based on those quotes.

Remember that while Chat Books AI can offer insights and perspectives, it’s important to supplement its responses with your own analysis, critical thinking, and engagement with the actual literary text.