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ERIC Number: ED466556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 50
Abstractor: N/A
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Searching for Identity: Finding Oneself in Cynthia Rylant's "A Fine White Dust" and Charles Dickens's "Great Expectations."
Tropp, Kate
Many high school students are on a quest to find out who they really are. Using the theme of "Searching for Identity" in both "A Fine White Dust" and "Great Expectations" will help students identify their feelings. Cynthia Rylant's "A Fine White Dust" has easier language than "Great Expectations," but the storyline contains serious themes and adult situations. "A Fine White Dust" does not really preach religious morals, but it treats religion like a favorite activity, just letting it be the protagonist's focus in life. In "Great Expectations" Pip also lets an obsession control his entire life while he ventures through a quest to find out who he really is. The class differences in Charles Dickens's novel are discussed, as are the two main characters of each novel, despite the different time periods. This curriculum unit is intended for 11th-grade English students, designed for 16 50-minute class periods. The unit is divided into the following sections: Rationale; Day 1 (Poems; Questions); Day 2 ("A Fine White Dust" cover; Anticipation Guide; Classmate Interviews; Cynthia Rylant autobiography; Study Guide: "A Fine White Dust"); Day 3; Day 4; Quiz #1; Extra Credit; Day 5 (Rewrite the Ending); Day 6 (Test: "A Fine White Dust"); Day 7 (Victorian Period; Charles Dickens; Study Guide: "Great Expectations"); Days 8-12 (Journal Prompts; Quizzes #1-3; Final Project Choices; Project Proposal; Vocabulary Log); Day 13 (Student Roles); Day 14 (Test: "Great Expectations"); Day 15; Day 16 (Self-Evaluation; Evaluation; Sponge Activities). (Contains 14 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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