Great Expectations Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Help students summarize the novel 'Great Expectations' using this post-reading lesson plan. Students will write about the characters, theme, and plot of the book, then set up a learning walk to apply concepts.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the plot, characters, and theme in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • describe and discuss alternate endings for Great Expectations
  • create display to demonstrate understanding


  • 2 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Moral development
  • Social class

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


NOTE: This lesson is designed to meet the needs of students who have finished reading the book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

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