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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. 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.
For this Charles Dickens worksheet, students read a 1 page article on Charles Dickens and then answer 12 short answer questions.
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. A great way to connect literature to current events!
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. 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 lesson.
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. After identifying and discussing the differences, have learners choose their favorite book. Has this book been made into a movie? What aspects should remain true to the story's plot line?
A Dickens of a Time: Discovering the Victorian Period
Students examine different aspects of Victorian Life in London through a variety of research projects requiring hands-on computer activities. They read Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens: A Classic, Or Just a Novel?
Seventh graders read the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. They consult Media Center and online sources as they conduct research needed to write an essay that answers the question, "Is Great Expectations a classic, or just a novel?"
Familial Relationships in Great Expectations: The Search for Identity
Students read the novel "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. In groups, they use the text to identify and describe family relationships in the book. Using this information, they compare and contrast how these relationships are related to the ones they see in everyday life. To end the lesson, they participate in a discussion on a topic given to them by their instructor.
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.
The Novels of Charles Dickens 1
In this novels of Charles Dickens worksheet, students record the names of 15 novels by the author. The first letter of each word in each of the titles is provided.
Test Your Reading Skills-- The Novels of Charles Dickens
In this reading worksheet, students analyze 15 titles of Charles Dickens' novels that are slightly mixed up and incorrect. Students fix the titles and write them correctly on the lines.
Charles Dickens Quiz 1
In this Charles Dickens worksheet, students write which novels the characters appeared in. Students write the novels for 10 characters.
Christmas Carol Project
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.
Analysis Worksheet: Charles Dickens Tours Five Points
In this literary analysis activity, students read 5 statements made by Charles Dickens about Five Points and mark them as observations, interpretations, or biases.
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
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.
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. An answer sheet is provided.
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.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 15 multiple choice questions about Dickens's Oliver Twist. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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. A great way to encourage personal connection to the story.
The Novels of Charles Dickens
In this Charles Dickens worksheet, students unscramble the letters in the examples to find the titles of the 15 Charles Dickens novels.