The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
If you choose to purchase your own copy of the book, it is important that you purchase the edition that we will use in class. The novel is translated from French by Lowell Bair. We will use the slightly abridged Bantam Classic paperback. You can find a link to this edition on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cristo-Bantam-Classics/dp/0553213504
Reading Assignment: Group Google Document
You will be working in groups to analyze The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas using lessons modified from The Center for Learning. You will be assigned a group and invited to a Google Document where you will assign yourselves a part of each reading assignment. When assignments are due, you will serve as the "expert" or spokesperson for some facet of the reading. You will share your observations that you have recorded on the group document with the group.
Directions from the Google Document: You will have a core group that you are responsible for “teaching” throughout the entirety of this novel study. Prior to teaching and discussing within your core group, however, you may occasionally have an opportunity to work with the members from other groups who are assigned your like topic to ensure you have all of the information you need to be able to effectively teach your core group members.
Reading Assignment: Individual Character Map
The Count of Monte Cristo probably has more characters in a book than you have ever had to deal with. I would like for you to put Edmond (our protagonist in the center of a character map in which you keep track of the growing list of characters, relationships, motivations, outcomes, etc. You may possibly get to use your map on reading quizzes, so the more attention to detail you put into creating your map and drawing meaning from it, the more it will be helpful for you in class.