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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt. The three types of assessments included (close reading multiple choice, editing multiple choice, and essay response) are designed to build the skills of learners and give feedback to instructors. Well worth a place in your curriculum library.
Students research language arts by analyzing several holiday stories. In this character development instructional activity, students read A Christmas Carol and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas while identifying the characters, plot and settings. Students complete a worksheet in which they demonstrate the similarities and differences between the main characters in both stories.
Students explore philanthropy in literature. In this cross curriculum literacy and character development lesson, students read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and note charitable acts described in the story. Students relate story elements such as theme, mood, character, vocabulary, and symbolism to philanthropy.
Students study and explore the portrayal and development of a major character in a novel from the novel, "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens. They identify words and phrases that effectively describe the main character in this novel. Each student surfaces an example of Scrooge's behavior that could support these words and phrases as evidence.
Seventh graders explore the history of Christmas by researching classic literature. In this holiday instructional activity, 7th graders read the story A Christmas Carol and discuss the tone of Charles Dickens' classic literary work. Students answer study questions about the story and take a quiz to demonstrate their understanding of the story.
Which comes first? The Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, or Future? What clues can readers use to establish the chronology of A Christmas Carol? The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Marley, and Tiny Tim provides the text for an activity that asks class groups to use logic, context clues, and transitions to unscramble and reorder the events in Dickens’ story. As a follow-up activity, individuals create their own tale that uses flashbacks to reveal why their character is so negative.
This activity is designed to provide closing activities for A Christmas Carol. Four closing activities are provided, so you can pick and choose what would work best for your learners. The first activity asks learners to write a biography for Charles Dickens. The second, third, and fourth activities have learners research games and throw a Victorian-style Christmas party. Directions aren't as clear as they could be, but there's enough information here to build a successful activity.
Eighth graders create a researched presentation comparing and contrasting holiday celebrations from the period surrounding Charles' Dickens 'A Christmas Carol.' In this Christmas celebrations lesson, 8th graders discuss differences between the 1840s and the 21st century. Students research a traditional holiday celebration for the time period and create a PowerPoint presentation for the information.
Immerse your class in Dickens's London and classic story of A Christmas Carol. Here, a SMARTboard presentation and WebQuest build background of the setting for the novel (or the play A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley.) Learning about the people and characteristics of Victorian England will allow readers to understand the context of the story, and help them to focus on the important plot and character details while reading.
In this, A Christmas Carol vocabulary building worksheet, students develop mastery of a set of vocabulary words through a variety of activities. Students first generate their own definition of the words and compare their definition to the definition from the dictionary. Students then use synonyms and antonyms of the words to solve analogies and create their own sentences.