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Five 'A Christmas Carol' Lessons for the Classroom

Christmas time is here, and there are plenty of ways that teachers can bring the holidays into their classrooms. One way to do so is to use literature. 

The most famous book to share with your students this year is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Education World has provided lesson plans to use after, or while students are reading the book. 

  1. Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party: With this lesson plan provided by ReadWriteThink, students will: 
  • Research print and non-print sources of information, taking notes and recording bibliographic information using MLA format.
  • Work collaboratively to learn more about the Victorian period and prepare for individual presentations.
  • Write a character sketch and prepare for a presentation based on that character.
  • Deliver a convincing first-person account assuming the persona of the character.
     
  1.  Unit: A Christmas Carol: In this unit, students will learn that writers use stories and characters to teach lessons. The source, Louisiana Believes, will explore how the choices of characters affect the plot and build the theme of a story. Students will explore self-reflection and selflessness through reading, writing and assessment.
     
  2. A Christmas Carol Lesson Plan: By the end of this lesson plan provided by enotes.com, students will be able to:
  • Explain Scrooge’s path from innocent schoolboy to crotchety miser.
  • Describe the criticisms Dickens makes of his Victorian society and the moral landscape he champions.
  • Identify the literary devices Dickens employs and how they enrich the story.
  • Compare and contrast the three ghosts and the effects they have on Scrooge.
  • Understand the crucial role children and family play in the novella.
  • Identify the major turning points on Scrooge’s path to redemption.
     
  1. Philanthropy in A Christmas Carol: Through this lesson plan, students will be able to identify examples of philanthropy in a classic piece of literature. This source, Learning To Give offers handouts, vocabulary words, and assessments. 
     
  2. "A Christmas Carol" Lesson Plans and Activities: This source, Web English Teacher, offers a list of resources teachers can use to teach A Christmas Carol in their classroom. Here are a few:

 

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor