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Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party

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Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Ten 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patricia E. Carbone

Palmer, Massachusetts


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol, from the University of Virginia Electronic Text Center, or another version of the story. The following versions are possibilities:

    • A Christmas Carol (1984) starring George C. Scott, David Warner, Susannah York, Frank Finlay, Edward Woodward and Nigel Davenport. 100 min., or another video version of the story.

    • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens adapted by Frederick Gaines from Five Plays from the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, published by the University of Minnesota Press.

    • A Christmas Carol adapted by Frederick Gaines, performed by Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis. McDougal Littell Audio Library 2002.
  • Internet access

  • (optional) Books, reference material, and other nonfiction resources available for further research, as students' interest dictates.

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  • Read, listen to, and/or watch a version of Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol with students.

  • Discuss the story and Victorian period with students.

  • Check the Internet resources to ensure that all Websites are appropriate for your students.

  • Make copies of handouts and rubrics (some of which are located in the Websites section), as necessary. Students can also access this information online, if you prefer.

  • Bookmark Websites and make print resources available for student access.

  • Collaborate with the school library media specialist to identify available resources within your school.

  • Make arrangements for the Presentation segment of the lesson plan, including, if you desire, Victorian refreshment, games, music, and so forth.

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