'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens


Begin a study of Dicken's 1864 classic novel, exploring deeply not only the intricacies of the text, but also the wider historical context that surrounds it.

Created By

Jazmin H

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Exercise

10 HOURS

10 LESSONS

'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens

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Course Overview



Students will study Charles Dickens' 1843 classic novel, 'A Christmas Carol.' Reading will take place both during lessons and as home learning activities to ensure lesson time can be focused on analysis as well as reading. Students will begin by learning the importance of the historical and social context of the text - Victorian London - and how this comes into play over the course of the novel. Students will learn of Dickens' literary legacy, and the course will focus predominantly on the power of language. The lessons will be delivered through extract analysis, teaching students how to conduct close language analysis and critical reading. They will analyse key themes and characters, as well as exploring writer intention/reader effect, and they will examine the importance of essential themes, engaging in sophisticated debate and discussions. Key themes include the supernatural, poverty, social inequality and Christmas. Each of these themes will be covered in detail in order to appreciate the novel's overarching message. Students will explore the representation of central characters: Scrooge, Bob, Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, Fred and the three Ghosts. They will learn to annotate, interpret, infer and analyse extracts in preparation for an assessment question - 'Discuss the significance of the theme of X across the text.' Students will learn the fundamental skills of literary analysis while practising reading, writing and oracy skills in the process.

Course Content



10 LESSONS

10 HOURS Total Length

Lesson 1

Introduction to Dickens and 'A Christmas Carol'

60 minutes

Lesson 2

Greed: Scrooge

60 minutes

Lesson 3

Childhood and Memories: The Ghost of Christmas Past

60 minutes

Lesson 4

Generosity: The Fezziwigs

60 minutes

Lesson 5

Festivity: The Ghost of Christmas Present

60 minutes

Lesson 6

Poverty: The Cratchits

60 minutes

Lesson 7

Context: Victorian London

60 minutes

Lesson 8

Death: The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come

60 minutes

Lesson 9

Repentance: Scrooge's Lesson

60 minutes

Lesson 10

Joy: Scrooge's Change

60 minutes

Key Skills


Close Language Analysis

Applying Context

Drawing on Evidence

Making Inferences

Educator


Jazmin H

English Educator

Jazmin has a degree in English literature, a PGCE and a master's in educational leadership. She is a full-time Educator with an extraordinary passion for English and education.