Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations, a classic masterpiece by the renowned English author Charles Dickens, is a coming-of-age novel that has captivated readers for generations. It tells the story of Pip, a young orphan, who discovers his true self amidst the complexities of love, social class, and personal ambition. This timeless narrative explores the themes of wealth, guilt, and the consequences of our choices.

As part of our innovative ChatBooks learning platform, we are proud to introduce an interactive and immersive experience for students to engage with the characters of Great Expectations. By connecting with the characters through safe and supervised chats, students will have the unique opportunity to delve deeper into the intricate layers of the text, enriching their understanding and appreciation of the novel.

Chatting with the characters in Great Expectations allows students to practice their critical thinking skills as they analyze the motives and actions of the characters. Furthermore, this interactive approach encourages students to develop empathy, connecting with the characters’ struggles and emotions more personally.

In addition to enhancing students’ analytical abilities and emotional intelligence, engaging with the characters through ChatBooks can help develop writing skills. As students practice crafting dialogue and exploring character development, they will better understand the characters’ motivations, leading to more thoughtful and nuanced writing.

ChatBooks platform offers a fun, engaging, and educational way for students to learn about Great Expectations. By conversing with the characters within a safe and professional environment, students can develop essential skills in critical thinking, empathy, and writing, all while deepening their understanding of this literary masterpiece

The Benefits of AI within Your Classroom

  • Chatting safely with characters from Great Expectations can benefit student learning experience.
  • Engaging with characters in a personal and interactive way helps develop a deeper understanding of the text and its themes.
  • Chatting with characters helps students practice critical thinking skills and encourages empathy.
  • Chatting with characters helps students develop writing skills by practicing dialogue and exploring character development.
  • Chatting with characters in a safe and professional environment can be a fun and engaging way for students to learn while developing essential skills in critical thinking, empathy, and writing.

Suggested Lesson Plan

Q&A with Characters from Great Expectations

Objective: To engage students in an interactive discussion with the fictional characters from Great Expectations, deepening their understanding of the novel and developing their critical thinking, empathy, and communication skills.

Duration: 30 minutes

Materials: Copies of Great Expectations, ChatBooks platform for students to communicate with the characters (e.g., role-playing with the teacher and/or peers), a projector or whiteboard to display questions and responses.

Lesson Outline:

  1. Introduction (2 minutes)

      • Briefly introduce the activity and its objectives.
      • Explain the format of the Q&A session and the expected behaviour of the students.
  2. Warm-up Activity (3 minutes)

      • Divide students into pairs or small groups.
      • Have each group come up with one question they would like to ask a character from Great Expectations.
  3. Q&A Session (20 minutes)

      • Using the ChatBooks platform, facilitate the Q&A session between students and the characters.
      • Encourage students to take turns asking their questions, allowing time for the characters to respond.
      • Project or write the questions and responses on a whiteboard, if possible, to help students follow along with the discussion.
      • Allow follow-up questions or comments from other students, as time permits.
      • Ensure that each character receives at least one question to create a balanced discussion.
      • If time allows, have students ask additional questions, prioritising those who have not yet had a chance to participate.
  4. Reflection (5 minutes)

      • Ask students to share their thoughts about the Q&A session, discussing any new insights or perspectives they gained.
      • Encourage students to reflect on how their understanding of the characters and themes in Great Expectations has evolved through the interaction.
      • Have students discuss how the activity has helped them develop their critical thinking, empathy, and communication skills.

Assessment: Assess student participation during the Q&A session, as well as their engagement and reflection during the debriefing. Consider the quality and thoughtfulness of the questions asked, the relevance of follow-up comments, and the depth of the reflections shared during the debriefing.