People often say that mankind should learn from history. Charles Dickens, whose books are considered classics, set his novel A Tale of Two Cities in the past. He wanted his readers to learn from the bloody French Revolution and from the widespread brutality in London. Both cities (Paris and London) offer the reader a glimpse into dark and dangerous times. As you read about Dickens's Victorian setting and learn his view of the French Revolution, you will think about what makes a just world. You will have a chance to think about your own experiences, and, using techniques you have learned from Charles Dickens, you will do some writing that sends a message about your own world.
Close reading of the unit texts will help you answer these Guiding Questions:
- How does good storytelling affect the reader, and how can a good story promote change in the world?
- What was the Victorian view of gender roles?
- How can power be abused?
- What is loyalty ? What are the limits of loyalty?
- Dickens as Storyteller
Lesson 1A Tale of Two Cities`
Lesson 2Dickens’s Biography`
Lesson 3Novel Settings`
Lesson 4Character and Caricature`
Lesson 5Messages Through Images`
Lesson 6Description Writing`
- Revolutionary Writing
Lesson 7Content Grammar`
Lesson 8Dramatic Language`
Lesson 9Old Bailey Courtroom`
Lesson 10Extended Metaphors`
Lesson 11Mythical Avengers`
Lesson 12A Turn Towards A Revolution`
Lesson 13Brainstorming Exercise`
- The Rebels
Lesson 14Character Exploration`
Lesson 15Moral Values Through Characters`
Lesson 16Mood Establishment In Scenes`
Lesson 17Symbolism & Direction`
Lesson 18Illustration Analysis`
Lesson 19Vivid Language`
Lesson 20The Storming of The Bastille`
Lesson 21The Revolutionaries`