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A Christmas Carol Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers will be able to successfully guide their students through Charles Dickens's classic novel A Christmas Carol. With your class, explore the novel's central themes of guilt and forgiveness, fear, and wealth and poverty. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Who was Marley? What was his condition at the beginning of A Christmas Carol? Marley was Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner. He had been dead for seven years when A Christmas Carol opened.
- What is the setting of A Christmas Carol? It takes place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in London. The year is not given.
- One of Scrooge's relatives visited him at his warehouse. Who was it, and what did he want? What was Scrooge's reply? Scrooge' s nephew came to wish him a merry Christmas and invite him for Christmas dinner. Scrooge said he did not think keeping Christmas had ever helped his nephew. He asked the nephew why he had married. He replied only "Good Afternoon" when the nephew invited Scrooge to dinner.
- What did the other men who came to the warehouse want? What was Scrooge's reply to them? They asked for a donation for the poor and destitute. Scrooge replied that he did not make merry, and could not afford to help idle people make merry.
- What did Scrooge say about giving his clerk a day off to celebrate Christmas? He thought it was unfair that he should pay the man a day's wages for a day he was not working. He was also annoyed that the clerk wanted the whole day off.
- What happened to the door knocker when Scrooge was opening his door in A Christmas Carol? It turned into Jacob Marley's face, then back to a door knocker.
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