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Slide 1 - A Christmas Carol Lesson 1: Introduction
Slide 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.
Slide 3 - Who is Dickens? What do you know about Charles Dickens?
Slide 4 - A Brief History on Charles Dickens Please click here to watch a clip about Charles Dickens.
Slide 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? Let’s share our ideas with the class, and compile a group answer.
Slide 6 - Life in Dickensian England would have been...
Slide 7 - Would you survive? Please click here to play an interactive game about surviving in Dickensian England.
Slide 8 - Could you survive life in Dickensian England?!
Slide 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......
Slide 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.
Slide 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.
Slide 12 - Plenary Task 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 Questions are due NEXT LESSON! You will be assigned three of the following topics to research.
Slide 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.
Slide 14 - A Christmas Carol Lesson 2: Intro to the Story
Slide 15 - Lesson Objectives At the end of this lesson we will have made predictions about the text, and have started reading the first chapter.
Slide 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
Slide 17 - With the list of things you’ve 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!
Slide 18 - share some of our Christmas Haiku’s with the class!
Slide 19 - A Christmas Carol What do you know about the story?
Slide 20 - What’s 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?
Slide 21 - What’s in a name? What are your expectations of the following characters, based on their names: Marley
Slide 22 - What’s in a name? What are your expectations of the following characters, based on their names: Cratchit
Slide 23 - What’s in a name? What are your expectations of the following characters, based on their names: Tiny Tim
Slide 24 - Chapter 1 As a class, read and listen to the text as read here (link in to downloaded part ) 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?
Slide 25 - A Christmas Carol Lesson 3: Characterization
Slide 26 - Lesson Objectives At the end of this lesson we will have studied how Scrooge is described.
Slide 27 - Characterization Choose one of the following emotions, and write a description to embody the emotion as a person. If LOVE were a person, what would he/she look like? If GREED were a person, what would he/she look like? If RAGE were a person, what would he/she look like? Be sure to include: Facial expressions and features, body shape and size, clothing, posture, body language and gestures. JEALOUSY PEACE CHARITY HONESTY STRESS CALM HAPPINESS ANGER
Slide 28 - Let’s read! Please follow along Pay close attention to how Scrooge is described.
Slide 29 - How is Scrooge described? Looking back at the section of the text in which Scrooge is described, what sort of words are used? Let’s compile a class list here:
Slide 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.
Slide 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?
Slide 32 - Plenary What is Scrooge’s attitude towards Christmas? How can his attitude be linked to Victorian attitudes at the time?
Slide 33 - A Christmas Carol Lesson 4: Stave 1
Slide 34 - Lesson Objectives At the end of this lesson we will have written an empathetic response as Scrooge.
Slide 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? About his general outlook on life? Ask the questions to SCROOGE! Scrooge MUST give realistic answers based on evidence from the book!
Slide 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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Slide 38 - Let’s read! Follow along with the next section of the text.
Slide 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.
Slide 40 - Plenary Let’s have some volunteers read their monologues aloud. Which monologues did you feel were most effective? What qualities did the effective monologues have?
Slide 41 - A Christmas Carol Lesson 5: Finish Stave 1
Slide 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.
Slide 43 - Starter What is pathetic fallacy?
Slide 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."
Slide 45 - Stave One Let’s 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.
Slide 46 - Questions to consider How does Dickens build a sense of tension and suspense, prior to the appearance of Marley’s ghost? What does Marley’s ghost look like? Sketch an image of Marley. Why does he wear chains? What do the chains represent?
Slide 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?
Slide 48 - ‘Mankind was my business, The common welfare was my business...’
Slide 49 - Questions to consider What prediction does Marley’s ghost make for Scrooge? How does Scrooge react to the visit by Marley’s ghost?
Slide 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. *The sound of bells ringing* *Clanking sounds, as if chains are being dragged* *The ghost emerges* Scrooge: “Its humbug still! I won’t believe it!” *The ghost faces Scrooge* For example…
Slide 51 - One or two groups Should perform their script
Slide 52 - What is Scrooge feeling at the end of Stave One?
Slide 53 - A Christmas Carol Lesson 6: End of Stave One: Recap
Slide 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.
Slide 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”.
Slide 56 - What advantages does first person narration provide?
Slide 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.
Slide 58 - What advantage does third person narration provide?
Slide 59 - What style of narration does Dickens use?
Slide 60 - Recap What’s happened so far in the novel? What is the purpose of Marley’s 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 ‘Marley’s Ghost’
Slide 61 - Question to Consider... How does Dickens hook the reader into the story, in Stave One? What makes you want to read on?
Slide 62 - A Close Analysis Turn to page 9 of your text, and find where the text starts with ‘The door to Scrooge’s counting-house was open...’ and read to ‘Bah!’ said Scrooge, ‘Humbug!’ Write down in your books the impression the text gives you of: Scrooge’s treatment of Cratchit How Cratchit feels about his surroundings
Slide 63 - A Close Analysis Let’s recap Scrooge’s nephews arrival at the counting-house... Return to page 9, where we left off. We’ll 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?
Slide 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?
Slide 65 - Watch the opening sequence of the 1999 film version (up to the end of Stave One).
Slide 66 - Charting the similarities and differences between the text and the film Similarities Differences
Slide 67 - Marley’s ghost Let’s 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.
Slide 68 - Plenary Similarities Differences Marley’s ghost: Do you get a better impression of the horror of the ghost in the film or in the text? Why?
Slide 69 - Homework 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, Be specific. You’ve taken notes on how various characters and events are described. Make reference to how Dickens described each character and how the film portrayed them.