One of my 7th graders asked me what I knew about Cleopatra, since one of his homework assignments included reading a story about her and answering some questions. I told him that she was well known for her physical looks and beauty, since that’s generally what comes to mind when I think of the historical figure of Cleopatra. When I asked him what he had learned about her, my 7th grader just told me that she was very smart and knew many different languages. When I asked him if his story mentioned anything about her physical appearance, he said no. I picked up his homework and skimmed through the short story: it was about a young Cleopatra learning to find her voice as she would later lead a nation of many different people who spoke many different languages. I was a bit surprised, but I’m actually glad this is what my students are learning today.
I have recently read emma and was a little intrigued by the social position of illegitimate children in during austen's time, could you talk about It a bit?