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“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.”- Margaret Mitchell
Counterclaim: Yet when we put so much work into life, maybe we should expect certain things back from it. It is not unreasonable to think, for example, that if we put effort into our job that our job will reward us with a promotion and higher pay. In this way, life is sort of like a transaction partner. You put energy into it and you get rewards out of it. Mitchell sounds almost like somebody who has been defeated by life.
It would be intriguing to see where students stand on this expectations issue.
Essential Question: “Should expectations in life be something internal (based on what we control) or external (based on what others give us)?”
That question just may spawn a conversation which meanders into all sorts of interesting places. Think about the power of expectations. Use characters in novels and historical figures as a basis of comparison.