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December 25

A Christmas Carol was the first book transmitted over radio!

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A Christmas Carol was the first book transmitted over radio!

Grades 7 – 12
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Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol as a "potboiler," or an inferior work done purely for quick profit. Unfortunately, while the book was an instant success and remains one of his best-known works, Dickens made little profit because people purchased pirated editions. There were no copyright laws at that time in England.

 

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Chances are, your students have either seen or will be seeing a production of A Christmas Carol in December. What a perfect time for a collaborative project for middle school and primary students!

Have a middle school English class or the drama club write a script for A Christmas Carol on a level that primary students can read and perform. Involve students in home and career classes to create the costumes and scenery for the production. Invite film students to record the performance and have computer students create a website showcasing photographs from the project.

 

WEBSITES

 

 
  • Dickens

    This online resource from PBS provides information about the life and career of Dickens, a quiz to test your knowledge, and other related Web resources.

     

  • Discovering Dickens: A Community Reading Project

    Since 2002, Stanford University has encouraged community reading and discussion of Dickens' novels through the serial release of his major works. Biographical and historical context information is included with each serial publication.

     

  • The Dickens Page

    This webpage includes hundreds of links to primary and secondary documents on various aspects of Dickens' life and work.

     

  • Charles Dickens

    This page from The Victorian Web provides extensive links to Dickens' biography, chronology, a list of works, an introduction, and other relevant essays.

     

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A Tale of a Few Text Messages: A Character Study of A Tale of Two Cities

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