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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map
  • Plot Diagram

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings classic English literature to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Main Characters

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Pip from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Pip

    The protagonist and narrator, an orphan raised by his sister

  • Estella from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Estella

    Pip’s object of affection, Miss Havisham’s young ward

  • Miss Havisham from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Miss Havisham

    The wealthy, eccentric old woman who lives in Satis House

  • Magwitch from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Magwitch

    A fearsome criminal who crosses paths with Pip

  • Joe Gargery from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Joe Gargery

    Pip’s brother-in-law and the village blacksmith

  • Jaggers from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Jaggers

    The lawyer hired by Magwitch to help Pip rise to the upper class

  • Herbert Pocket from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Herbert Pocket

    Pip’s eventual best friend

  • Wemmick from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Wemmick

    Jaggers’s clerk and Pip’s friend

  • Biddy from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Biddy

    A simple, kindhearted girl, Pip’s schoolmate

  • Dolge Orlick from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Dolge Orlick

    The day laborer in Joe’s forge

  • Mrs. Joe from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Mrs. Joe

    Pip’s sister and Joe’s wife

  • Uncle Pumblechook from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Uncle Pumblechook

    Pip’s arrogant uncle

  • Compeyson from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Compeyson

    A criminal and the former partner of Magwitch

  • Bentley Drummle from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Bentley Drummle

    A young man who attends tutoring sessions with Pip

  • Molly from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Molly

    Jaggers’s housekeeper

  • Mr. Wopsle from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Mr. Wopsle

    The church clerk in Pip’s town

  • Startop from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Startop

    A friend of Pip’s and Herbert’s

  • Miss Skiffin from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Miss Skiffin

    Wemmick’s eventual wife

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Teacher Guide

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • Joe, a blacksmith in the novel Great Expectations, says “Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.”
  • Ask students to brainstorm what this means, and share as a class afterwards.
  • Ask students to consider the following: “Imagine you are walking home one day when a convict asks you for help and to bring him food. How would you react and why?”
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Start at the beginning of the novel, and make additions throughout the unit.

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  • Make a Storyboard, Graphic Novel, or ...
    Imagery

    Complete after reading chapter 11.

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  • Make a Plot Diagram
    Conflict and Plot

    Complete at the end of the novel.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a short Graphic Novel to represent the book in 30 panels (approximately 2 chapters per panel).

Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • What role does social class play in this novel? Explain.
  • What is the significance of the title to the story?
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Pixton Activity: Great Expectations 1 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the novel's characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose three of your favorite characters from Great Expectations and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Great Expectations 2 Imagery

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map

Intro

Translating words into images is an important skill to have, whether you physically draw the images or imagine them in your head. The more attention you pay to the words, the more detailed the image will be.

Instructions

Choose one of the three scenes below to depict in a comic, using 1-4 panels.

Be sure to read the chosen section of the book carefully, paying attention to details.

  • Pip meets the convict (Chapter 1)

  • Pip meets Miss Havisham for the first time (Chapter 8)

  • Pip fights the young boy in Miss Havisham’s garden with Estella watching (Chapter 11)

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Imagery

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

Example Mind Map

Imagery in “Great Expectations” by Student

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Pixton Activity: Great Expectations 3 Conflict and Plot

Featured Layouts

  • Plot Diagram

Instructions

Summarize Great Expectations in a Plot Diagram comic.

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point on the plot diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement), as well as for the main conflict.
  • Be sure to identify the key points that are essential in defining each specific part of the plot.
  • Think about relevant quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Conflict and Plot

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The plot diagram is focused, with advanced use of language/ideas. The plot diagram is accurate, well developed, with consistent use of details. The plot diagram is complete and accurate; lacks consistent use of specific details. The plot diagram is basic; has several errors,or lacks detail. The plot diagram is inaccurate and difficult to follow.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • varies language to develop meaning
• varies sentence structure for effect
• images and characters have impact on the meaning of the panel
• language is clear with some variety
• varies sentence structure
• makes attempts to use descriptive language
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structure with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• some variety in sentence length and type
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• all panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

Example Plot Diagram

Conflict and Plot in “Great Expectations” by Student
ExpositionPip is a boy living happily with his sister and her husband, Joe. One day, Pip meets a convict who asks Pip to fetch him some food to eat, and Pip obeys. He then gets invited to the wealthy Miss Havisham’s house to play. Main ConflictPip continues to visit Miss Havisham’s house for several months, and he falls in love with Estella, even though she treats him poorly. He hopes that one day, Miss Havisham will give Pip money so he can marry her young ward. One day, however, Miss Havisham demands that Joe apprentice Pip immediately. Rising ActionOne day while working in the blacksmith shop, someone appears and explains to Pip that he has a secret benefactor and he must go to London immediately to begin his training to become a gentleman. He returns from London to reunite with Estella, who is now more beautiful, and more cruel, than ever. ClimaxOn his 23rd birthday, Pip finds out that the benefactor is not Miss Havisham, whom he originally thought, but Magwitch, the convict he helped when he was six. Magwitch also needs Pip's help escaping from London. Pip also finds out that Estella was trained to break men’s hearts, and that Pip was just a boy to practice on. She marries someone else.
Falling ActionPip prepares a plan to get Magwitch out of London, when he receives a letter saying to meet at the marshes for information on the benefactor. It is a trick and he is beaten almost to death when his friend Herbert saves him. They try to get Magwitch out of the city but are caught by police and the convict is sentenced to death. DenouementAfter apologizing for his behaviour, Pip leaves and goes to Egypt for 11 years. When he returns, he is a kind man, and is looking forward to being uncle to Joe’s son. He sees Estella, who has also changed over the years. He leaves the garden with her, hand in hand.

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Conflict and Plot in “Cinderella” by Pixton
ExpositionCinderella lives a humble life with her father, and is very happy. However, soon after taking a new wife, Cinderella's father passes away. Main ConflictWith her new husband now deceased, Lady Tremaine and her two daughters take over the house. Rather than welcoming Cinderella into the family, they make her a servant and treat her cruelly. Rising ActionThe Prince, looking to get married, announces there will be a ball for all the ladies in the kingdom to attend. Cinderella plans to go but her stepsisters ruin her dress. As she sits in tears, her fairy godmother appears and gives her everything she needs for a grand experience at the ball. But there is a catch; at midnight, everything will return to how it was before. ClimaxCinderella enters the ballroom and immediately catches Prince Charming's eye. After a night of dancing, the two are in love. Cinderella loses track of time, however, and when the clock strikes midnight, she flees from the ball. Prince Charming is left with nothing but her glass slipper. Falling ActionThe prince is determined to find the mysterious woman from the ball. He sends his men to visit every household in the kingdom and have them try on the glass slipper. The woman whom the shoe fits will be the new princess. DenouementAt last, Cinderella gets a chance to try on the glass slipper and it fits perfectly. Prince Charming knows she is the one he fell in love with at the ball. He rescues her from her wicked stepfamily and they live happily ever after.

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