And the mists had all solemnly risen now and the world lay all before me.

For this assignment, the world lies all before you, too!  Please discuss the first stage of Pip’s great expectations here.  Some questions to consider are:

  • What questions would you like to discuss with the class?
  • What themes (as in overarching messages or ideas) do you see evolving in this novel?
  • What passages strike you as worthy of greater analysis?
  • Which characters intrigue you?

You may choose a close reading of one small passage or scene, or you may choose to address the larger thematic questions touched upon in chapters 1-19.  Also, I’m thinking that we can use your responses to focus our discussion in class.

As always, be sure to use specific details from the text in your response and be sure to comment on at least one other comment in this thread.

GE blog #8

“I am instructed to communicate to him,” said Mr. Jaggers, throwing his finger at me sideways, “that he will come into a handsome property. Further it is the desire of the present possessor of that property that he be immediately removed from his present sphere of life and from this place, and be brought up as a gentleman–in a word, as a young fellow of great expectations.”

Please read chapters 18 and 19 and annotate!

After you finish your reading, please discuss the above revelation.  You may want to consider how the great expectations affect Pip, even before he starts for London, and how they affect other characters.  What do these reactions to the news teach us about these characters?

Please be as specific as possible and be sure to use evidence directly from the text to support your ideas.  Think about Jaggers!  He would never assert anything without evidence.

Be sure to follow the rules of standard written English and to include many specific text-based details in your response.  Also, don’t forget to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

GE blog #7

“Do you want to be a gentleman, to spite her or to gain her over?”

Our classroom discussion was so interesting and productive today, let’s continue it on line!  After you  read chapters 15-17, respond to any plot developments, characterizations, themes, literary elements or other ideas here.  One idea might be to look for other images that seem to recur in the text, but there are many other ideas as well.  I look forward to seeing how your thoughts develop over the course of the evening.

As always, please proofread your writing carefully for grammar, spelling, and punctuation and remember to reply to at least one other comment in this thread.

GE Blog #6

It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home.

Discuss the above statement which begins chapter 14.  Please consider its relevance not only to chapters 12-14, but also to the chapters that preceded it, and the plot developments that may follow.

Please, as always, be careful of spelling, punctuation, etc.  Remember, this is still an academic exchange, and while we want to express ourselves freely, we always do so in standard English!  Also, as always, be sure to respond to other comments in this thread as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

GE blog #5

He stirred his rum and water pointedly at me, and he tasted his rum and water pointedly at me. And he stirred it and he tasted it; not with a spoon that was brought to him, but with a file.

Tonight please read chapters 10-11 and then respond to any plot developments, characterizations, themes, literary elements or other ideas here.

As always, please proofread your writing carefully for grammar, spelling, and punctuation and remember to reply to at least one other comment in this thread.

GE blog #4

That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me.

Please read chapters 7, 8 and 9 of Great Expectations tonight, then respond to the prompt below:

Discuss Pip’s day at Miss Havisham’s residence, Satis House.  Whom does he meet?  What does he do there?  Consider the quotation above.  What great changes does Pip’s day at Miss Havisham’s house make in him?  Predict how this is likely to change him and the course of the novel.

As always, please reply to at least one other comment in this thread.

GE blog #3

So I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

What are your impressions of Pip at this point in the novel?  Use many specific text-based details to support your response.

In addition, please read your classmates’ responses and comment on at least one of their responses in this thread as well.  You may agree or disagree, but remember, we must always treat each other with great respect.

Please be sure you proofread anything you write here for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Never, ever use a lowercase “i” for the first person nominative case pronoun!

GE blog #1

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. — Joseph Campbell

Please describe a setting.   Take a moment to think about a place that is important to you.   You may choose your room or a particular part of your home or backyard.   Or you could write about a place you went this summer, perhaps camp or somewhere you went for vacation.  Once you have decided on a place, I would like you to do a short exercise I call “Making a Movie Behind your Eyelids.”  It works like this.   Close your eyes and imagine you are in your special spot.  Stay there for a moment.  Really take some time to be in that place.  What do you see?  Look around carefully.   What do you hear?  What do you smell?  What do you feel?  (This feeling could either be the actual sense of touch or more of an emotional sense.)

Once you have lived in this place for some time, open your eyes and write!!!  If you run out of things to say, close your eyes again and see what you notice that you did not already include in your response.

Generally, your response should be at least 250 words, but please don’t just aim for that.  Do the best job you can describing your setting.  Don’t just add more to get to the minimum number of words.  Make sure that each word counts!  I recommend that you write your response in Word or as a Google doc and then cut and paste your response into the comment box.  I encourage this, because in case something happens and your response doesn’t appear, you still have your homework!!! Good luck and have fun!

By the way, in order to comment on this post, you will need to click onto the title of the post.  This will lead you to a new page, where there will be a box for commenting at the bottom of the post. Once you are on the page that has the comment box at the bottom be sure to read all of the following instructions before you begin.

“I don’t know where people got the idea that characters in books are supposed to be likable. Books are not in the business of creating merely likeable characters with whom you can have some simple identification. Books are in the business of creating great stories that make you’re brain go ahhbdgbdmerhbergurhbudgerbudbaaarr.” —— —–John Green

Describe your favorite character in the best book you read over the summer.  Give as complete a description, both physical and psychological of your character.  Why is he or she your favorite?  Of whom does this character remind you?  Don’t give too much away; you don’t want to ruin the book for someone else!

Now, I know you’ll all be wondering how long your response should be, and really there is no simple answer.  Most blog responses tend to be about 300 words, some less, some more.  Also, please be careful to proofread your writing. Blogs are somewhat less formal than an essay, but this is still a school assignment.

In addition, please be sure to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.  If someone has discussed a character you also know, respond!  Just be careful to avoid any spoilers!