A Christmas Carol Unit Study
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!
Lesson Plans for A Christmas Carol
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Read the entire book online!
- *A Christmas Carol Lesson Resources*
Mr. Donn's website has several power points on Christmas Carol and Charles Dickens, activities and games for kids, many lesson plans for teachers, online stories, and background information on the story. This site has more materials than any other I
- Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party!
Read ~ Write ~ Think has a wondeful unit for this novel! Go on a webquest, research about Victorian England, write a character sketch, and portray that character with behaviors and style of the times. Information for 10 lessons, research links, and a
- Charles Dickens ~ A Christmas Carol
A Study Guide with Consideration for Grammar from John McIlvain ~ Resource Links (I had trouble with a few of the links, though.) ~ Reading Comprehension Questions & Vocabulary Lists ~ A Humbug's Grammar ~ A Review of English Grammar Based Upo
- Reading Comprehension Questions
22 questions from Easy Fun School
- *Charles Dickens from BBC
Enjoy an animated video about the life of Mr. Dickens, play a game "Survive Dickens' London", and read a biography of the author in this kid friendly site for learning.
- A Christmas Carol Study Guide
Fantastic guide for studying the novel! Summaries and analysis are available for each stave along with characters essays, major themes,biography, and tests.
- Christmas Carol Lesson Plans
Created by Lesson Planet
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.
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.
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!
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.
- A Christmas Carol Special Edition
The Charles Dickens Classic with Christian Insights and Discussion Questions for Groups and Families by Charles Dickens (Author), Stephen Skelton (Editor) in paperback.
- A Christmas Carol Bible Study
Written by Primetime Parable Ministries, this Bible study may be purchased for a very reasonable fee. But that's not why I listed it here. I was impressed on the Bible references given to the characters and situations in the story. I've read and seen
Something to think about,
"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?"
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"?
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: 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.
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!
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.
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!
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".
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.
Kelsey Grammer and Jason Alexander use their broadway experience and vocal talents in this musical version of A 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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.