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A Christmas Carol

By Mark Warner
Age Range: 5 to 11

Charles Dickens

Book Description:

This book makes this famous Christmas story available to a young readership while still capturing the atmosphere and suspense of the original. A classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable, tight-fisted old man who finds that the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future are capable of changing his selfish ways to embrace the spirit of the festive season.

A Christmas Carol

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:

Literacy Ideas

  • Can you find out more about the author, Charles Dickens, and use the information to write his biography?
  • Make a list of questions that you would ask Charles Dickens if you could?
  • Can you think of reasons why Scrooge hates Christmas?
  • If you have the chance to interview Ebenezer Scrooge, what would you say to him?
  • Make a list of words that are used to describe Scrooge in the book. How would you describe him at the end of the book?
  • Carry out a role play activity in which different people try to persuade Scrooge to celebrate Christmas and spent time with his friends and family.
  • Can you turn part of the story into a playscript and perform it to an audience?
  • Read the story and pause at different points. Can you imagine what Scrooge might be thinking / feeling at those points? How might those feelings change as the story continues?
  • What does each spirit teach Scrooge? How do they do this?
  • Make a list of all of the characters in the story. How do they feel about Scrooge?
  • Make a list of words and phrases that are used to describe each ghost.
  • This story has been retold in lots of different ways. Could you write a new version of it?
  • Could you create a version of the story that is suitable for younger children?
  • There are also lots of films based on the book. Watch a few of them and explain which you prefer.

Computing Ideas

  • Use art software to create illustrations of scenes within the book or the characters that appear.
  • Could you use digital cameras to create still images of some of the scenes in the book?

Design Technology Ideas

  • Can you make some stick puppets of the characters and use them to perform the story (or part of it)?

Art Ideas

  • Make a storyboard showing the main events of the story.
  • Create some illustrations of each of the spirits that visit Scrooge.
Music Ideas
  • Compose a tune that could accompany a new animated version of the story.
  • Watch some of the videos above and think of ways of describing the music that is used. What instruments can you hear?

History Ideas

  • When is the story set? How are things similar / different to today?
  • Read the story and identify any references that show what life was like in the nineteenth century.
  • Make a timeline of Scrooge's life, using the information about him in the story.

PSHE Ideas

  • Does the story have a moral? Is it trying to teach us something? Discuss this with a partner.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Present tells Scrooge to beware of Ignorance and Want. What does this mean?

Resources

  • Take a look at our History resources in the Victorian section of Teaching Ideas:

Victorians

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