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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

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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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.


Christmas Carol Versions

Which ones do you like or dislike? Vote below!

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.


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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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      It was only after I saw the Muppet Christmas Carol and Gonzo said to read the book that I actually did.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      I love this story too.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @cjbmeb14 lm: Me, too!

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      cjbmeb14 lm 5 years ago

      Love this story

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @sheilamarie78: Have fun with the new versions! :)

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      Sheilamarie 5 years ago from British Columbia

      I love this story! You've introduced me to a couple of new versions. Thanks!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @mosaic-tiles: Glad you liked it! :)

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      mosaic-tiles 5 years ago

      Great lens. Liked.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @moralblogger lm: Thanks!

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      moralblogger lm 5 years ago

      What a great lens! Fabulous reading!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @donnetted: Thank you, Donnette!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @donnetted: Thank you, Donnette!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @LornsA178: Thank you, Lorna! :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Wonderful job compiling resources for a unit study of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. :)

      Squid Angel Blessed! :)

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      I have returned to bless this wonderful lens xx

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      LornsA178 6 years ago

      I have to go back and give this lens an angel blessing. This lens is one of my favorites. God bless!

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @evelynsaenz1: Thank you!!

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      GREAT Lens!

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      LornsA178 6 years ago

      Our family love any version of Christmas carol. Great lens! Thanks!

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      Buchamar 6 years ago

      one of my favorites :)

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      homeschoolgirl1 6 years ago

      very nice and interesting

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      Edutopia 6 years ago

      This works out perfectly for me as a good resource to make my lesson plan for the winter camp I found out at the last minute I have to teach, thanks!

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      Great lens! I'm teaching "A Christmas Carol" to my K-2 literature class tomorrow. We're using the Disney version of the story book since I couldn't find a more child-friendly version.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I still love the 1951 version.

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      Shipra00 6 years ago

      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

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      beckyf 6 years ago

      What an excellent lens! Such good ideas here. :)

      I'm going to add your lens to my "A Christmas Carol" lens.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @MintySea: Yes, there are many good versions, but also some that are not true to Dickens original. Thanks for sharing your ideas. =D

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      MintySea 6 years ago

      Muppet's Christmas Carol (Disney) is a fave of mine. While its wacky it actually preserves much of dickens text and is one of the more true to Story (Sept for marley)

      I long to see the Patrick Stewart

      And I did enjoy the scott version

      I have seen a lot of bad versions

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      spartakct 6 years ago

      Nice lens!!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      What a great unit of study. Very nicely done!

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Dear Pamela, we've lost track fora while but I am always amazed by th eeffort and work you put into your lenses! (Loved the free e-book, too:) Blessings:)

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      Wow, great lens! I love Dickens, and it's fabulous to read such a comprehensive lens on "A Christmas Carol" - really enjoyed it! :)

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      well presented lens. i enjoyed my visit. ~blessed~

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      this is an excellent lens! thank you for sharing this! cheers

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      photofk3 7 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Tagsforkids 7 years ago

      Truly a timeless classic that we enjoy every year. Although we like Bill Murray's Scrooged, the best is the old black and white version! Now you have me thinking about a Squidmas Carol! :)

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      John Norman Stewart 7 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Hello there: Enjoyed your lens. I still have some old 78's records in a "Christmas Carol" album starring Basil Rathbone. Must have been done in the 40's and that's when I listened to them. It's definitely a classic story.

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I haven't seen all of the versions yet. So far, I like Alistair Sim the best. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Kay 7 years ago

      Wow, nicely put together page. Thumbs up from this homeschooling mom.

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      MusicalKay28 7 years ago

      good job momma!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      OMG, ... love it! "God Bless Us EVERYONE!"

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Loved it! Happy Holidays Pamela, Kathy

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      gods_grace_notes 7 years ago

      I love the story... and love your lens! A very, merry Christmas to you!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @SoniaC: Thanks, Sonia! I added your information above. =D Pamela

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      SoniaC 7 years ago

      Thank you for linking to my notebook pages! :-) I also put them on my HSLaunch page for anyone who doesn't want to join the group to access them.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens,enjoyed my stay!

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      RealityTV LM 7 years ago

      Really amazing lens!

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      ThruMyEyes LM 7 years ago

      very nice lens!

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      DelightfulDanie 7 years ago

      I love The Christmas Carol!! Creative lens!

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      noobeegin 7 years ago

      A Christmas Carol is probably one of the very best books ever written. It's story is timeless. It has been made and re-made into movies over and over again. It's message never dies.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      We always watch two versions of The Christmas Carol on Thanksgiving. It sets the right tone for the Christmas season.

      Thanks for sharing,


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      Barbara Isbill 7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Thanks for sharing - another beautiful lens!

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      lakern26 lm 8 years ago

      I love the story of "A Christmas Carol"! It is by far my favorite holiday tale ... and Mickey's Christmas Carol is my favorite version. This is an excellent lens that contains a wealth of information and ideas for teaching this classic. It's definitely a story that kids should become familiar with. 5* and lensrolled to "Disney's A Christmas Carol Train Tour"

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      lostinfiction 8 years ago

      wow, kudos to you for putting all this info together! Very well done. Also have a look at his Infloox page - I've seen quite a bit there about where Dickens drew his influences in order to write the book. I'd never have guessed that they'd be so unrelated, in a way! :)

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      Chappelle 8 years ago

      Great information and well done lens!

      5* and favorited!

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      RuthieDenise 8 years ago


      I love this lens. You really put some work into it.

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      It's a wonderful Christmas story. Always nice to watch and read the book around Christmas time. 5*

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Have seen many interesting versions over the years. There's a very talented actor/director locally who does it as a one-man show. Love the lens, and congrats on the awesome lensrank! :) :) :)

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Love the book! Love the lens! Blessed, and featured, by a Christmas Angel (

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      stacy mcdaniel 8 years ago

      Cool lens! I love the movie, A Christmas Carol. I havent watched it in a few years. I think I'll put that on my Christmas list.

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      lasertek lm 8 years ago

      A Christmas Carol. This story is very inspiring. I've seen a couple of plays about this story, yet, I'm willing to watch some more. This is really a good story that should be passed on to future generations.

      Hope you could visit my lens as well. Thanks

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I watch the Alistair Sim version at least two or three times every December. Such a wonderful classic. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      ktbworldwide 8 years ago

      great lens

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! The kind of lens I really enjoy: lots of info and nice pics.


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      yoga2009 8 years ago

      It's amazing what sort of ideas one can come up with when on holiday, that can make

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      TrishH LM 8 years ago

      Love this lens and perfect timing to come across it...I am so ready to start getting ready for the holidays and get the kids some fun and educational activities. =-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The new version looks like it will be pretty good.

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I visited the train for Disney's new Christmas Carol movie - looks a bit spooky for little kids. I like the Muppet Christmas Carol.

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      happynutritionist 8 years ago

      Great minds think alike! I did one similar but different, and was so surprised to find yours, 5stars and a lensroll:-) LOVE it! ~claudia

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      reasonablerobby 8 years ago

      A great lens about a great story. I've just been sitting bemoaning the numerous Xmas adverts on telly. More christmas spirit than retail hype is needed!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I didn't realize there were so many great movie version out there. Nice collection.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Another excellent unit study.

      Thank you for joining the Lesson Plans Group.

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      Joan Hall 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Really great lens. Maybe this will be a good year to read "Christmas Carol" to my kids. They've seen it on TV, but never read the book.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Ok, so I would have definitely failed that test! I put my comments in the wrong comment box.

      This is a beautiful lens and an excellent resource lens.

      I love you bio. If my children were still "homeschool" age, I would definitely be seeking your help and advice. I believe you will be an excellent asset to all homeschooling Moms.

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      What a fantastic idea and well crafted lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Excellent work on this lens!

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      Wednesday-Elf 8 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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      imolaK 8 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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