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

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

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patrick Striegel

Patrick Striegel

Tolono, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Student Interactives






Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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  • A Tale of Two Cities: A Masterpiece Guide

    This link connects you to a PDF version of the PBS Teaching guide about the Dickens' classic.  This guide presents an integrated approach to teaching A Tale of Two Cities.  The lessons draw parallels between social conditions of the past and present and compare the development of democracy in England, France, and the United States.  The activities in the guide help to develop research, speaking, and debating skills, and promote cooperative learning.

  • Charles Dickens

    This online guide offers general lesson plans about Dickens and specific discussion questions and activities for various Dickens classics.

  • Teaching Dickens: A Masterpiece Guide

    This link connects you to a PDF version of a PBS Teaching Guide about various Dickens books.  This guide does not discuss exclusively A Tale of Two Cities, however it does offer background information on Dickens and general lesson plans.

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  1. Because of the nature of this lesson as a culminating review, students need to have completed reading the novel A Tale of Two Cities prior to this assignment. Alternatively, elements of this lesson could be woven into the reading of the novel, with students stopping to create text responses as the appropriate events occur.
  2. Make copies of the necessary handouts.
  3. Arrange for students to have access to computers with Internet access during Session One.
  4. Test and bookmark the Venn Diagram, 3 Circles student interactive. Ensure that you have the latest version of Flash on student computers. If you wish to use the Venn Diagram, 3 Circles printout make sure to make enough copies.

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