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A Christmas Carol Unit Study

Updated on November 23, 2014

A Christmas Carol ~ Lesson Plans

The classic story "A Christmas Carol" ~ a famous author, Charles Dickens ~ creative animation genius, Walt Disney Productions ~ & one uniquely fascinating actor, Jim Carrey ~ what else can I say!?

When the new Disney Christmas Carol movie came out in 2009, I thought it would be a great time for educators and families to learn more about this timeless work of literature! Lesson plans, multi-curricular subject activities, teaching and learning resources, books, worksheets, videos, and games have been collected to teach an interesting unit on "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens!

** 2014 ~ Since the Disney movie came out five years ago, I've continued my search for interesting study materials for students and teachers and have found many that I will be using in the future to use with new students! Have fun with the resources below!

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol

Here is a free eBook from Kindle for You!! - If you don't have a Kindle, it's okay, check out Amazon's other free apps for reading and download today right from your screen.

 
A Guide for Using A Christmas Carol in the Classroom (Literature Unit (Teacher Created Materials))
A Guide for Using A Christmas Carol in the Classroom (Literature Unit (Teacher Created Materials))

A Guide for Using A Christmas Carol in the Classroom: "This resource is directly related to its literature equivalent and filled with a variety of cross-curricular lessons to do before, during, and after reading the book. This reproducible book presents an exciting approach to teaching well-known literature! It includes sample plans, author information, vocabulary building ideas, cross-curriculum activities, sectional activities and quizzes, unit tests, and many ideas for culminating and extending the novel."

Teacher Created Material books have great teaching ideas, crafts, activities, worksheets, and more to make a fun learning unit! The above has been the number one popular teacher resource sold from all of my lenses in the past 5 years! I hope it will be beneficial to you and your students, also.

 
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol

If you would like a copy for your home or school library, here is one you will treasure! There are many different publishers and editions of the story, but they are all the one we remember! Take a look through several to find your preference.

 
The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits

Learn about the life of Charles Dickens, how this novel changed his life and ours. There are several marvelous editorial reviews at the link. Check them out!

 
Classical Comics Teaching Resource Pack: A Christmas Carol (British English)
Classical Comics Teaching Resource Pack: A Christmas Carol (British English)

This teacher book and CD-ROM for grades 5 - 12 works along with A Christmas Carol graphic novels to aid in reading comprehension, language arts skills, and many cross-curriculum subjects.

 

Something to think about,

Mr. Scrooge:

"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?"

Mark 8:36

Character Study for Christmas Carol

Language Arts ~ Creative Writing Activities

Creative Writing Assignment 1: Why not write up a character sketch of your favorite character from the story? What is it about that character's personality that appeals to you? What do you dislike? Can you relate to that character in any way? What is the character's main role in the story? Does the character change anything in his life or the life of others?

Creative Writing Assignment 2: Compare two or more characters from the story. Start by comparing and contrasting their characteristics on a Venn graph, then write an essay about the differences and similarities that you find.

Creative Writing Assignment 3: Pick a character and compare how the character is depicted in the book and the movie. Or compare the character from one movie to another. State which movie version(s) you chose to use. Is the character portrayed the way you would expect or differently? State the similarities and differences of the character.

Teachers and Students: Please submit essays about your favorite character(s) below to share with the world!

Who is your favorite character from "A Christmas Carol"?

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Submit your character essays here! (See above.) - (Regular guestbook at the bottom of the page.)

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      I like this lens and I like the film ,too.Thanks for sharing.

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      The Alec Guinness classic film that you show below is one of my favorites.

    A Christmas Carol (Ultimate Collector's Edition)
    A Christmas Carol (Ultimate Collector's Edition)

    This movie brings back fond many memories. Each year in a local town is held a weekend celebration called "Old Fashioned Christmas". There are parades, concerts, displays, tours, plays, activities, art shows, and other exciting activities. The entire town is decorated in Victorian fashion ~ at businesses, homes, street lamps, you name it. Costumed actors in Victorian garb walk throughout the celebration bringing entertainment and information. It really makes one feel they have gone back in time to Victorian England at the time of "Scrooge". For several years after returning home after the exciting evening, we would get a fire going in the fireplace, curl up in a nice toasty comforter, drink some hot cocoa to warm up the fingers, taste a few Christmas cookies, and relax while watching this classic movie version of "A Christmas Carol". The original was in black and white, but it has been modernized with color. (I prefer the old black and white!) This DVD contains both so you can bring yourself back in time with Mr. Scrooge anytime you want.

     

    Favorite Notebook & Lapbook Materials!

    All of these materials were made by very creative women that I admire! If you would like your students to make a lapbook or notebook (or combination of both) for "A Christmas Carol", I truly think these are the best on the web!

    *A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens* ~ Live & Learn Press has created this fabulous "Learn 'N Folder" (lapbook) for grades 6 and up containing 40 mini books for a great study!

    *A Christmas Carol Notebook Pages* ~ Melissa Telling of Lilliput Station Adventures made a beautiful set of notebook pages covering Dicken's Christmas Carol, Victorian Christmas, Plum Pudding, and Tiny Tim!

    *Christmas Carol Notebook Pages* ~ The Homeschool Treasure Trove yahoo group has some wonderful pages for study! SoniaC (the creator) has graciously added the pages to Homeschool Launch for all to use freely.

    A Christmas Carol Lapbook
    A Christmas Carol Lapbook

    A Christmas Carol Lapbook: by Hands of a Child Publishers - Every since the first time I found Hands of a Child books at an education convention, I have been hooked on using their materials! We have used several of their units from various subject areas! ~ The authors have provided everything a person needs to teach this 89 page literature based unit for grades 6 - 12. Contained within the book are chapter reviews with thought provoking reading comprehension questions, 25 themed side projects that may be made into a lapbook, notebook, or interactive display. You will also find 2 extension activities and 7 Christian connection activities.

    "Bah! Humbug!"

    Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge

    Disney's New Carol

    Disney's 2009 Version! ~ Starring Jim Carrey as Scrooge and all the Spirits, this movie was released on November 6th, 2009. Have a view here!

    Disney's A Christmas Carol - Nintendo DS
    Disney's A Christmas Carol - Nintendo DS

    Kids love using new cartridges on Nintendo DS, and this one includes Disney's newest Scrooge! They will enjoy playing fun games with Scrooge for hours.

     
    The Art of Disneys's A Christmas Carol
    The Art of Disneys's A Christmas Carol

    Ever wonder how they create all those camera effects? This book will give you a inside glimpse on movie making art.

     

    Christmas Carol Versions

    Which ones do you like or dislike? Vote below!

    Disney Animation Collection 7: Mickey's Christmas Carol
    Disney Animation Collection 7: Mickey's Christmas Carol

    Mickey and his cast (Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Goofy, Jiminy Cricket, and friends) present this less scary way to introduce the story to children. The DVD includes extra Christmas "shorts".

     
    The Muppet Christmas Carol
    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and the Muppets gang as they take on this adaptation of Dicken's literature for family members of all ages.

     
    Christmas Carol, A
    Christmas Carol, A

    Kelsey Grammer and Jason Alexander use their broadway experience and vocal talents in this musical version of A Christmas Carol.

     
    An American Christmas Carol
    An American Christmas Carol

    The Christmas Eve of 1933 in Concord, New Hampshire is the setting of this American carol. Henry Winkler plays the part of "old Mr. Benedict Slade" (Scrooge) who during the time of the Great Depression tries to take away the last of the Christmas spirit left in the townpeople by repossessing their treasured belongings. His midnight "guests" help him to change his mind ... and heart.

     
    Scrooged
    Scrooged

    Bill Murray plays the part of the cruelist TV executive in Manhattan when he meets the ghosts in this modern version.

     

    Choose what you will do, Scrooge! ~ "Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the end will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!" ~ The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

    Which movie version of "A Christmas Carol" do you prefer?

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    Puppet Version of A Christmas Carol

    It is a drawing and puppet interpretation of "A Christmas Carol" from a family done on Christmas Eve. From the credits at the end (almost 17 minutes long), it appears that several family members and friends participated in this interesting version. As a teacher, I was trying to think of other ways that a class or family could present this tale. Hhmmm ...

    A Christmas Carol ~ Book or Movie?

    Do you like the book or the movie better?

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    A Christmas Carol Study
    A Christmas Carol Study

    Teacher Resources from CurrClick

    (They have many more than this, also.)

    ~ A Christmas Carol Novel Literature Unit by Highlights of Homeschooling, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Unit Study by Brandenburg Studies, A Christmas Carol: A Novel - Ties Study Guide by Learning Links.

    A Christmas Carol (Bring the Classics to Life: Level 1)
    A Christmas Carol (Bring the Classics to Life: Level 1)

    Young readers don't have to wait to read the classics with this series! This version for ages 7 and up has been arranged into 10 easier to read chapters. The worktext area contains exercises with answer keys.

     
    SAT Words from Literature - A Christmas Carol
    SAT Words from Literature - A Christmas Carol

    Vocabulary words learned in the context of classic literature will be remembered far longer than random lists. Students will find the word in the text, read its definition on the side, and do related activities for reinforcement of the term.

     

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        imolaK 7 years ago

        I saw the film and I think we can learn from it very much.We can see how "Greed" can ruin someone's life and others' life ,too.

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        Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

        Nice job. What an interesting idea to use the story "A Christmas Carol" as a teaching tool.

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