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Title: A Christmas Carol


1
A Christmas Carol
  • Lesson 1 Introduction

2
Lesson Objectives
  • At the end of this lesson we know who Charles
    Dickens was, and what life was like in England
    during his lifetime.

3
Who is Dickens?
  • What do you know about Charles Dickens?

4
A Brief History on Charles Dickens
  • Please click here to watch a clip about Charles
    Dickens.

5
Life in Dickensian England
  • In your table groups, discuss the following
    questions
  • What do you suppose life was like for the average
    child during Charles Dickens lifetime?
  • How would things be different from our lives now?
  • Lets share our ideas with the class, and compile
    a group answer.

6
Life in Dickensian England would have been...
7
Would you survive?
  • Please click here to play an interactive game
    about surviving in Dickensian England.

8
  • Could you survive life in Dickensian England?!

9
Researching
  • If you were asked to do a research project, what
    steps would you take in conducting your research?
  • 1)
  • 2)
  • 3)
  • 4)
  • 5)
  • 6)and so on......

10
Note taking
  • Taking clear and efficient notes is very
    important when conducting research.
  • You want to be able to know what your main points
    are, and then be able to back them up with
    details.

11
Note taking
  • One thing to remember while taking notes is that
    you can copy down important ideas, but you should
    not cut and paste the text directly.
  • You must get into the habit of putting
    information into your own words.
  • Take point form notes. Do not copy word-for-word!
  • Copying and pasting is called plagiarism, and it
    is illegal. It can result in you getting a zero,
    and could get you into a lot of trouble.

12
Plenary Task
Questions are due NEXT LESSON!
  • On your own, you are to conduct research into
    life in England in the 1800s.
  • Childhood/Family Life
  • Role of Men
  • Role of Women
  • Food/Diet
  • Health
  • Living conditions
  • London/City life
  • Crime
  • Leisure/Fun
  • Work/Jobs

You will be assigned three of the following
topics to research.
13
Plenary
  • After compiling research notes, you are to create
    5 trivia questions, in a Who Wants to be a
    Millionaire style (which means with four
    possible answers, only one of which is correct).
  • All questions, will be give to Miss Carson, who
    will then create a Who Wants to be a
    Dickensiannaire style quiz.
  • We will complete the quiz, in teams, in a later
    lesson.

14
A Christmas Carol
  • Lesson 2 Intro to the Story

15
Lesson Objectives
  • At the end of this lesson we will have made
    predictions about the text, and have started
    reading the first chapter.

16
  • In table groups, come up with a list of things
    that you typically associate with the following
    themes at Christmas

Table 1 Food Table 2 Drink Table 3
Entertainment Table 4 People Table 5
Plants Table 6 Weather Table 7 Animals Table
8 Gifts Table 9 - Activities
17
  • With the list of things youve created as a
    group, come up with a haiku poem about Christmas.

What is a haiku? It is a non-rhymed verse poem,
conveying an image or feeling in two parts spread
over three lines, usually with a seasonal
reference. There are 5 syllables in the first
sentence, 7 in the second and 5 again in the
last sentence.
Waking up early, Brewing coffee for my Dad, Gifts
are taunting me!
18
  • share some of our Christmas Haikus with the
    class!

19
A Christmas Carol
  • What do you know about the story?

20
Whats in a name?
  • What are your expectations of the following
    characters, based on their names

Scrooge
What has the name Scrooge become associated
with, since Dickens created the character? What
does this tell us about the importance of the
story we are about to read?
21
Whats in a name?
  • What are your expectations of the following
    characters, based on their names

Marley
22
Whats in a name?
  • What are your expectations of the following
    characters, based on their names

Cratchit
23
Whats in a name?
  • What are your expectations of the following
    characters, based on their names

Tiny Tim
24
Chapter 1
  • As a class, read and listen to the text as read
    here
  • (link in to downloaded part
  • http//www.audiobooks.org/Books/A_Christmas_Carol.
    html )
  • As you are listening, highlight any unfamiliar
    words in your workbook.
  • Using a dictionary, try to find the definition of
    the words.
  • Why do you suppose you were unfamiliar with some
    of the words used by Dickens? What does this
    suggest about the English language?

25
A Christmas Carol
  • Lesson 3 Characterization

26
Lesson Objectives
  • At the end of this lesson we will have studied
    how Scrooge is described.

27
Characterization
  • Choose one of the following emotions, and write a
    description to embody the emotion as a person.

ANGER
If LOVE were a person, what would he/she look
like?
PEACE
If RAGE were a person, what would he/she look
like?
If GREED were a person, what would he/she look
like?
JEALOUSY
HAPPINESS
CALM
STRESS
CHARITY
HONESTY
Be sure to includeFacial expressions and
features, body shape and size, clothing, posture,
body language and gestures.
28
Lets read!
  • Please follow along
  • Pay close attention to how Scrooge is described.

29
How is Scrooge described?
  • Looking back at the section of the text in which
    Scrooge is described, what sort of words are
    used? Lets compile a class list here

30
Task
  • Using the words used to describe Scrooge, and
    what we know of him from our reading so far,
    sketch an image of Scrooge in your workbooks.
  • Label him with the features described by Dickens.

31
Characterization
  • Last lesson we discussed how Scrooge has now
    become linked with grumpiness and a dislike for
    Christmas. Therefore it can be said he
    personifies these type of characteristics.
  • How does Dickens effectively show us that Scrooge
    is a grumpy old miser in his description alone?

32
Plenary
  • What is Scrooges attitude towards Christmas?
  • How can his attitude be linked to Victorian
    attitudes at the time?

33
A Christmas Carol
  • Lesson 4 Stave 1

34
Lesson Objectives
  • At the end of this lesson we will have written an
    empathetic response as Scrooge.

35
Create three questions that you would want to
ask Scrooge about his feelings at this point in
the novel.
The encounter with his nephew?
How he feels in general about Christmas?
Ask the questions to SCROOGE! Scrooge MUST give
realistic answers based on evidence from the book!
About his general outlook on life?
36
Scrooge
Think (on your own) What three adjectives could
you use to describe Scrooge best?
Pair Find two quotes that you could use from the
book to support your points about Scrooge.
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Lets read!
  • Follow along with the next section of the text.

39
Questions to consider
  • We stop reading as Scrooge is locking up the
    shop, and heading home.
  • Imagine what Scrooge would be thinking on his way
    home about the events of the day about
    Christmas about his life.
  • Write a monologue as Scrooge, starting with

I hate Christmas.
40
Plenary
  • Lets have some volunteers read their monologues
    aloud.
  • Which monologues did you feel were most
    effective? What qualities did the effective
    monologues have?

41
A Christmas Carol
  • Lesson 5 Finish Stave 1

42
Lesson Objectives
  • At the end of this lesson we will have learnt
    what pathetic fallacy is, and commented on how
    Dickens creates tension and suspense in the
    novel.

43
Starter
  • What is pathetic fallacy?

44
Pathetic Fallacy
  • The treatment of inanimate objects as if they had
    human feelings, thought, or sensations.
  • For example

 There has fallen a splendid tear    From the
passion-flower at the gate.  She is coming, my
dove, my dear    She is coming, my life, my
fate.  The red rose cries, "She is near, she is
near"    And the white rose weeps, "She is
late"  The larkspur listens, "I hear, I
hear"    And the lily whispers, "I wait."
45
Stave One
  • Lets continue our reading of Stave One, up to
    the point with the knocker.
  • How is the knocker an example of pathetic
    fallacy?
  • Continue reading until the end of the Stave.

46
Questions to consider
  • How does Dickens build a sense of tension and
    suspense, prior to the appearance of Marleys
    ghost?
  • What does Marleys ghost look like? Sketch an
    image of Marley.
  • Why does he wear chains? What do the chains
    represent?

47
Questions to consider
  • Is Marley happy in death? Why or why not?
  • What message does he have for Scrooge?
  • What message is Dickens trying to give to
    society?

48
Mankind was my business, The common welfare was
my business...
49
Questions to consider
  • What prediction does Marleys ghost make for
    Scrooge?
  • How does Scrooge react to the visit by Marleys
    ghost?

50
Re-enactment
  • In your table groups, re-read the last section of
    stave one (starting with the ringing of the
    bells).
  • As a group, write a script for the end of the
    stave. You should be sure to focus on sound
    effects that could be used to give dramatic
    effect to the action of the novel.

For example
The sound of bells ringing Clanking sounds,
as if chains are being dragged The ghost
emergesScrooge Its humbug still! I wont
believe it! The ghost faces Scrooge
51
One or two groups Should perform their script
52
What is Scrooge feeling at the end of Stave One?
53
A Christmas Carol
  • Lesson 6 End of Stave One Recap

54
Lesson Objectives
  • At the end of this lesson we will have considered
    the type of narration used by Dickens, and
    compared a film adaptation of the story to the
    text.

55
First person narration
  • What does it mean?

The story is told by only one character at a
time, who explicitly refers to him-or herself
using words and phrases involving "I and/or
"we.
56
  • What advantages does first person narration
    provide?

57
Third person narration
  • What does it mean?

Each and every character is referred to by the
narrator as "he", "she", "it", or "they. The
story is told from a god-like point of view.
58
  • What advantage does third person narration
    provide?

59
What style of narration does Dickens use?
60
Recap
  • Whats happened so far in the novel?
  • What is the purpose of Marleys visit to Scrooge?

Consider the following quote ?How could we
devise a paragraph, using P.E.E. Around this
quote?
Mankind was my business, The common welfare was
my business...
Complete handout entitled Marleys Ghost
61
Question to Consider...
  • How does Dickens hook the reader into the story,
    in Stave One? What makes you want to read on?

62
A Close Analysis
  • Turn to page 9 of your text, and find where the
    text starts with The door to Scrooges
    counting-house was open... and read to Bah!
    said Scrooge, Humbug!
  • Write down in your books the impression the text
    gives you of
  • Scrooges treatment of Cratchit
  • How Cratchit feels about his surroundings

63
A Close Analysis
  • Lets recap Scrooges nephews arrival at the
    counting-house...
  • Return to page 9, where we left off. Well need
    one person to read all of the speeches made by
    Scrooge and one to read all the speeches made by
    Fred. We shall only read to page 10.

What impression does Dickens want you to get of
Scrooge, based on his interaction with his nephew?
64
Text vs Film
  • How do you suppose a film version of the novel
    will differ from the text?
  • What could they illustrate effectively in a film?
  • What could the text give an audience, that a film
    version cannot?

65
Watch the opening sequence of the 1999 film
version (up to the end of Stave One).
66
Charting the similarities and differences between
the text and the film
  • Similarities
  • Differences

67
Marleys ghost
  • Lets take a close look at how the ghost is
    described (page 17)

Marley in his pigtail, usual waistcoat, tights,
and boots the tassels on the latter bristling,
like his pigtail, and his coat-skirts and the
hair upon his head. The chain he drew was clasped
about his middle. It was long, and wound about
him like a tail and it was made (for Scrooge
observed it closely) of cash-boxes, keys,
padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses
wrought in steel. His body was transparent...he
felt the chilling influence of its death-cold
eyes, and marked the very texture of the folded
kerchief bound about its head and chin...though
the Ghost sat perfectly motionless, its hair, and
skirts, and tassels were still agitated as by the
hot vapour from an oven.
68
Plenary
  • Similarities
  • Differences

Marleys ghost Do you get a better impression of
the horror of the ghost in the film or in the
text? Why?
69
Homework
Be specific. Youve taken notes on how various
characters and events are described. Make
reference to how Dickens described each character
and how the film portrayed them.
  • Write a letter to David Jones, the director of
    this version of A Christmas Carol, stating
    whether or not you think he has done a good job
    of bringing the novel to life. You should comment
    on
  • The good points
  • Were there any things you felt the film did more
    effectively than the novel?
  • Setting, characters, the portrayal of emotion,
    special effects
  • The bad points
  • Were there any things you felt the novel did more
    effectively than the film?
  • Setting, characters, the portrayal of emotion,
    special effects,
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