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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, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt.
8th Language Arts 77 Views 273 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Reading a Classic Novel
Charles Dickens offers an excellent example of sensory writing in this reading comprehension worksheet. Learners read excerpts from the novel Hard Times in which he describes the New England industrial city of Coketown. They consider why Dickens uses so much detail and examine his sentence structure and word choice.
4th - 5th Language Arts 26 Views 186 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Greed is Good?
From Mr. Merdle to Mr. Madoff? A viewing of the PBS adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Little Dorrit” launches an examination of greedy characters in literature and a study of greed, unfairness, and economic hardship today. The richly detailed resource includes extension activities, interdisciplinary connections, and a list of related links.
7th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 26 Downloads
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 for Charles Dickens.
9th - 10th Language Arts 10 Views 84 Downloads
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 questions.
12th Language Arts 6 Views 8 Downloads
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 use the links provided to access necessary background information.
12th Language Arts 3 Views 6 Downloads
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 the novel’s characters and consider how they would respond in a similar situation.
8th - 10th Language Arts 3 Views 24 Downloads
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 fire.” Dickens’ diction and syntax can cause readers, even those familiar with 19th Century prose, to stumble.
9th Language Arts 20 Views 45 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 asks class groups to use logic, context clues, and transitions to unscramble and reorder the events in Dickens’ story.
6th - 8th Language Arts 22 Views 116 Downloads 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 began in Great Britain.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 46 Downloads
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 would be best understood by those who have.
5th - 12th Language Arts 15 Views 43 Downloads 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 Language Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
Philanthropy in A Christmas Carol
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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 6 Views 146 Downloads
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 brief summative quiz.
11th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 13 Downloads
Literature Study Guides: Tale of Two Cities
For homeschool or the classroom: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, study guides, a reading schedule, plot flow chart, and character map relevant to any reading task. Resource is designated for Dickens' Tale of Two Cities, but these materials would work for any literary text.
8th - 10th Language Arts 15 Views 78 Downloads