Charles Dickens Teacher Resources
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Reading a Classic Novel
Charles Dickens offers an excellent example of sensory writing in this reading comprehension learning exercise. Learners read excerpts from the novel Hard Times in which he describes the New England industrial city of Coketown. They...
4th - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Formative Assessments: Dickens' A Christmas Carol
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,...
8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Unit Lesson Plan: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
This lesson 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...
9th - 10th English Language Arts
Reading Comprehension Quiz: Charles Dickens
An excerpt from Charles Dickens’ “Our Next-Door Neighbor” provides a challenge for even good readers. They must not only draw inferences from the passage, but must also access links to correctly answer the four reading comprehension...
12th English Language Arts
Reading Comprehension Quiz: Charles Dickens' Gin Shops
Even your best readers will be challenged by this passage from Charles Dickens’ "Gin Shops." In order to correctly answer the questions on the reading comprehension quiz, they will need to not only read the passage carefully, but also...
12th English Language Arts
Problematic Situations For A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Class members assume the role of one of the characters in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Writing as that character, they defend a decision he/she made. Groups then are presented with problematic situations that parallel those of...
8th - 10th English Language Arts
A Christmas Carol Chronology
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...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Setting the Scene: Great Expectations
Expect great things from this reading comprehension exercise that asks readers to cite evidence from the provided passages of Great Expectations to support the inference that Charles Dickens' Miss Havisham, and her room, are indeed strange.
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Beginning of Industrialization
Set the stage for early industrialization with a look at the work of Charles Dickens. After that the inventions, innovators, and changes in technology are clearly outlined. This presentation focuses on the start of the Revolution which...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Oliver Twist Goes to Hollywood
How does Oliver Twist, the novel written by Charles Dickens, compare with its screenplay adaptation? Although the activity doesn't require learners to have read the novel, the similarities and differences of the highlighted passages...
5th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Test Your Reading Skills: The Novels of Charles Dickens 1
B__ H__? M__ C__? From Bleak House to Martin Chuzzlewit. See how many of Dickens' titles your kids can identify. Whether used as individual or group competition, your expectations can be gerat even if participants fall on hard times.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Direct and Indirect Characterization: A Tale of Two Cities --Mr. Lorry
“Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waistcoat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk...
9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities
Twenty questions challenge the reader of A Tale of Two Cities. Moving beyond mere reading comprehension, this quiz looks at biographical information and writing style as well as plot structure and action. Use at the end of the novel as a...
11th - 12th English Language Arts