Skip to content
Home » Blog » A Christmas Carol Lesson Plans | Entire Novel Study

A Christmas Carol Lesson Plans | Entire Novel Study

a christmas carol by charles dickens unit plan

Included is a PDF of the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens published December 19, 1843.

This resource makes it easy to upload the book to your teacher webpage so your students have easy access to the story! You could also print the text (or specific parts of it) for students to annotate and analyze.

This resource includes an ANTICIPATION GUIDE (pre-reading activity) for the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

An anticipation guide is a comprehension strategy that is used BEFORE reading to activate students’ prior knowledge and build curiosity about a new topic.

In this lesson, students will respond to several claims by indicating if they agree or disagree with that said statement. Next, students will work collaboratively in groups to answer related discussion questions to further build anticipation about the novel before reading.

Before reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, you will want to familiarize your students with important concepts from the novella including author background information and historical context.

In this pre-reading activity, teachers will use the Powerpoint presentation to teach students about numerous topics related to the novella and students will use a guided notes worksheet to copy necessary notes as well as participate in important discussions about the lesson.

This lesson includes background info on the following:

  • Charles Dickens
  • Staves
  • Setting 1840s
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Queen Victoria and Victorian Era
  • Workhouses
  • Debtor’s Prison
  • 19th Century London
  • Christmas Traditions of the 19th Century
  • Author’s Inspiration
  • Upcoming Themes

If you are working on a novel study for A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, these Vocabulary Lists, Practice Activities, and Quizzes will work perfectly for you!

There are 5 sets of vocabulary words, divided by staves (Stave 1 Part 1, Stave 1 Part 2, Stave 2, Stave 3, Stave 4+5). There are 95 vocabulary words in total.

Included in this resource:

  • Vocabulary Lists for teacher with answers
  • Powerpoint presentation with words and definitions for teaching purposes
  • Graphic organizers for students for every section of words to fill in, which entails the definition, part of speech, and a synonym
  • Corresponding practice activities for every section
  • Quizzes (or additional practice) divided by sections
  • ANSWER KEYS for all

Make sure your students are completing their independent reading for the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens with these quick Reading Checks or Chapter Quizzes! This product works well if your students are reading independently or if you are reading as a class and you want to ensure students are paying attention! 🙂

These questions require brief responses; they are recall questions that are meant to be simple to remember for anyone who has completed the reading. This is a tool used simply to check that students are completing the independent reading, comprehending the basic information, and/or are engaged during class.

The reading checks are divided by every individual stave (5). There are three different versions of every set of questions (a, b, and c). This is so you can use different quizzes for different classes and avoid cheating (students talk and share answers).

This product includes a Powerpoint presentation as well as printable worksheets (PDF).

To administer quizzes:

  • project the questions on your board for students to see
  • have students use scrap paper or lined paper to write their answers down (or print the worksheets included)
  • when everyone is done, have students grade each other’s answers by switching papers in class
  • review the correct answers out loud and project them on the board
  • collect graded quizzes

Teacher answer keys included!

While completing a novel study for the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens have your students answer reading comprehension questions for every chapter (staves) using this organized packet.

Included are 5 sets of questions (one for every stave) which analyze character motives, themes, symbols, irony, dialogue, and basic comprehension of the plot. Detailed answer keys are provided for all questions. There are also after reading discussion questions included in the Stave 5 section. You can print this resource as one all-encompassing packet or you can provide students worksheets one stave at a time.

Included in this resource are 5 individual journal prompts based on each chapter of the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. These journal prompts are meant to be used at the end of every chapter or can be used as one final packet after the novella is completed.

Students will reflect on their personal feelings and connections associated with the major conflicts of each specific stave. This is a great tool for writing practice, journaling, and checking in during a novel study.

In this resource, your students will identify and analyze different types of figurative language in the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

There are three parts to this activity:

Multiple Choice (12 questions)

Matching (14 questions)

Open-Ended (6 questions)

Students will cover the following literary devices: parallelism, symbolism, metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia.

Throughout this lesson, students will determine the type of figurative language used, its literal meaning, and explain the significance and impact of Dickens’s words. Students can work in pairs, groups, or independently on this activity.

After reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, have your students write a persuasive essay based on the prompt provided. This resource includes a short lesson on persuasive writing, the essay prompt, essay rubric, and brainstorming graphic organizer (persuasion map)!

The writing rubric focuses on: content, style, conventions, focus, organization, and format.

The graphic organizer is designed to match the prompt and will guide students to write a cohesive five paragraph essay. The persuasion map is ready-to-print (PDF).

Included in this product you will get a printable copy of the prompt/rubric (PDF) as well as a copy that is editable for teachers (Word Document) that way teachers can adjust the point values, expectations, etc.

The Persuasive Writing Lesson is in Powerpoint format. This lesson will teach students about what is included in persuasive writing and how to organizer their ideas, including a thesis statement.

In this resource, your students will review and analyze several essential conflicts that develop the plot and themes of the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Included in this lesson:

  • Mini-Lesson on Type of Conflicts (Powerpoint presentation) with Guided Notes (PDF)
    • Character vs Self
    • Character vs Character
    • Character vs Nature
    • Character vs Society
    • Character vs Supernatural
    • Character vs Fate
    • Character vs Technology
  • 9 Examples of Conflict from the novella A Christmas Carol where students will answer a series of questions using textual evidence for EACH conflict. Students will work in groups to complete the graphic organizers. They will analyze how the conflicts impact the story and become resolved. For Example: Scrooge vs Christmas (PDF and Word document available for teachers to edit)
  • Teacher Answer Key

Have your students share their understanding of the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens by imaginatively blending their written ideas with colorful images based on information from the text. With this one-pager reading comprehension project, students will analyze the literature by determining theme, symbolism, characterization, and more. Students’ artwork make for unique and creative analyses of the literature and also make great bulletin boards!

Included in this purchase is:

  • Student directions for the one pager project (PDF)
  • Rubric for the one pager project (PDF)
  • Example one pager based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (PDF)
  • 13 BLANK TEMPLATES (printable—optional) (PDF)
  • EDITABLE Copy of student directions in case teachers would like to make modifications (word document)

A Christmas Carol Digital Escape Room

Are you READY to unlock your Christmas Spirit!!!? Bah, Humbug no more…

Your students are going to love deciphering and solving puzzles in this festive and spooky 360° digital escape room themed activity! Students must unlock a chest that holds their Christmas spirit. In order to do so, they will travel through the past, the present, and the future… meeting three ghosts along the way! There are FIVE awesome escape room scenes in this one activity, so students really get the feel that they are traveling through time!

This activity is designed to work for a laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Students will solve a series of clues based on the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in order to crack the master lock and release their Christmas spirit. This game requires reading comprehension skills; students must find textual evidence to solve the puzzles. Watch the video preview to get a closer look at the clues and the rooms!

This activity is created for after reading the novel A Christmas Carol, and is best utilized near the end of a unit as a review or just for fun!

Included in this download are teacher instructions, student instructions, clue graphic organizer, answer keys, and a reflection sheet.

This resource includes: A Christmas Carol Final Test with Answer Key!

This test, based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, requires students to establish what they learned from the novella and their overall comprehension of the book. This assessment requires students’ knowledge about: setting, symbolism, figurative language, characterization, theme, and more.

The exam consists of 55 questions and offers students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities in a variety of ways:

  • 25 multiple choice questions
  • 12 character identification questions
  • 9 true or false questions
  • 9 short answer questions (2-5 sentences)

This resource includes the following file types:

  • READY TO PRINT Test Student Copy (PDF)
  • EDITABLE Test Student Copy (Word document)
  • READY TO PRINT Test Teacher Copy with Answers (PDF)

Your students will enjoy searching for different words from the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in this activity. This resource includes FIVE different Word Search worksheets with different puzzles correlating to each Stave (chapter). The words are hidden in all directions making these the perfect challenge! ANSWER KEYS INCLUDED!

This is an awesome activity for early finishers! You could also assign these as extra credit or just something fun to enjoy in class/at home.

The words in each puzzle are pulled directly from each Stave in the novella. Some words highlight mood and tone, some feature aspects of theme and plot, and some words highlight characters and academic vocabulary.

(A few example words: Marley, Nephew, Humbug, Workhouse, Scrooge, Donate, Knocker, Children, Ignorance, Want, Business, Christmas, Party, Greedy, Cold, Blithe, Solemn, Ghost, Liberality, Turkey)

This resource includes A Christmas Carol Movie Guide and Film Analysis.

This is based off of the film A Christmas Carol (2009), directed by Robert Zemeckis, and starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, and Colin Firth. Based on the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the film is 96 minutes in length.

This activity is available as PDF (ready to print) and Word Document (for editing purposes). An answer key is also provided.

This works perfectly at the end of a novel study for the novella A Christmas Carol! Students can appreciate the film and analyze the extent to which the film stays faithful to or departs from the text, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.

Charles Dickens Author Study — Literary Legends Collaborative Poster

Have your students create a collaborative poster and learn about Charles Dickens in a new and engaging way!

Your students will create an author biography by researching Charles Dickens and establishing his profile on a poster.

Students will learn about Charles Dickens’s life and his body of work as a legendary author.

This is perfect for any unit on Dickens’ novels, to include:

A Christmas Carol

A Tale of Two Cities

Great Expectations

Oliver Twist

David Copperfield

Additionally, your students will discover the importance of collaboration and effective communication.

This resource includes FIVE FULL WEEKS of content for the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Additionally, in this UNIT PLAN BUNDLE, you will receive a teacher guide that encompasses an example Unit Schedule/ Pacing Guide!

1 thought on “A Christmas Carol Lesson Plans | Entire Novel Study”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *