Adopt a Character
Adopt a character from the list and become an authority on the character: how does your character behave, what would your character say, how would your character interact with others? Know what your character looks like and who your character's friends are.
Pip (the boy)
Mrs. Joe Gargery (Georgiana)
The Aged P.
Mr. Wopsle's Great Aunt
Pip (the gentleman)
Mr. Matthew Pocket
Describe A Persona
Each of you has selected a character to follow throughout the novel. Let us begin our study of this character by identifying some unique characteristics, which is evident from our reading.
On a separate piece of paper answer the following questions:
Name of character
Character's Physical Characteristics
∑ Approximate height and weight
∑ Voice quality (volume, dialect, pitch) with example from text
Character's Personality and Behavior
∑ Assertive or mild-mannered? Example
∑ Pleasant or grouchy? Example
∑ Modest or a braggart? Example
∑ Broad-minded or prejudiced? Example
Character's Personal History
∑ Social level
∑ Important incidents in life (turning points)
∑ What animal(s) does this character call to mind? Examples
Character's Social Life
∑ Finish the exercise by "coming to tea" as your adopted character.
(Hand out 3)
Victorian Tea Sign-up
Please bring your items on Tuesday morning. We will have tea during your class period. Remember to bring along your character. This is to be a fun party to relax before we start Stage 3.
Please bring tea bags not loose leaf tea. Loose-leaf tea is traditional, but due to time constraints we will use bagged tea. You only need to bring 5 or so tea bags of each tea you sign up for.
Assam Tea or a Fruit Tea
Earl Grey Tea
Other choices: English Breakfast, Formosa Oolong, Gunpowder, Lady Londonberry, Lapsang Souchong, Orange Peloe
If you would kike to make any of these items check the Internet or the library for the following books for recipes:
Foley, Tricia. Having Tea.
Frey, Iris Ihde. Crumpets and Scones.
Isles, Joanna. A proper Tea
Israel, Andrea. Taking Tea
Simpson, Helen. The London Ritz Book of
Rules for "Beggar My Neighbor"
This is a very old game, and a very simple one. It may be played by any number up to six.
The cards are dealt as far as they will go, because it does not matter if one or two players hold a card more than some others.
The players do not look at the cards dealt to them, but arrange them in a pile, face downwards, on the table in front of them.
The player on the left of the dealer then turns the top card of his or her pile face upwards, and places it in the center of the table; the person on that player's left places the top card of his or her pile face upwards on the top of the card in the center; and so on, round the table, until an Ace, King, Queen or Jack is turned up. When this happens, the next player has to pay by placing on the pile 4 cards for an Ace, 3 for a King, 2 for a Queen and 1 for a Jack.
If, during the pay-off, an Ace, King, Queen or Jack is turned up, the player stops paying and is paid by the player on his or her left for the card turned up.
When a pay-off is completed, the winner takes all the cards from the center of the table and places them at the bottom of his or her pile.
The game is won by the player who collects all fifty-two cards of the pack.
This project works well between Stage II and Stage III.
I assessed this project in three ways. . .how well class time was used; quality of turned in character sketch; and participation by dressing and/or acting the part of their character at the tea party. We have our tea party during class time. I borrowed tea pots from other teachers, and rented glass plates and cups and saucers. My students thought it was terrific. They even played "Beggar My Neighbor" all period.
Adapted from Julie Minnis, Santa Cruz H.S., UCSC