The use of Victorian literature in a GED literature lesson
Metrakoudes-Hewett, Heidi Rose
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GED curriculum materials often lack critical thinking skills in the textbooks on which, teachers base their lesson plans. The Literature portion of the GED textbooks includes excerpts from various cultural writings as well as from fiction and non-fictional works alike, but students are not required to analyze the literature. I examine a Victorian novel Middlemarch is an appropriate text to include into the GED curriculum in order to teach critical thinking skills. I revisit my college text to rework my subjective interests in the novel, while I create a more objective and useful view of the novel and the power structures inherent in it. I apply the novel to a GED classroom in a day-by-day lesson plan to promote critical thinking through the use of Middlemarch.