The classic Christmas story of greed, cold-heartedness, and redemption.
Ebenezer Scrooge is content with his life of work and petty self-interest—or he would be if he were content with anything. He is unfriendly to his nephew, cruel to his employee, and verbally abusive to charity collectors. On Christmas Eve, the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley, appears to Scrooge to warn him to change his ways. Bound in chains and tormented by his mistakes, Marley tells Scrooge that he will be visited by three Spirits.
These Spirits offer Scrooge a chance to escape the same fate as Marley, but will Scrooge listen to their lesson of redemption and reawaken to the commandment, "Love your neighbor as yourself?"
Through Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, students will learn:
Author Biography: Learn about Charles Dickens and the fascinating history behind the author and novel.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Similes, characterization, comic relief, allusion, tone, in context, dictionary, repetition, foil, humor, hyperbole, foreshadowing, juxtaposition, personification, synonym, dramatic structure, exposition, complications, crisis, dénouement, mood, setting, flashback, conflict, theme.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Comfort, optimism, pessimism, attitude, accepting responsibility for one's actions (past and present), contentment, fruits of the
Spirit, death, hospitality, consequences.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Social reform, Victorian England, London, mapping, Christmas customs, class discussions, multiple essay choices, service projects.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books and movies that tie in with, or are similar to, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!
While a classic, I had a hard time finding good resources and study materials for A Christmas Carol. One well-known publisher was reliable, but typical, too--classroom activities were good, but not expansive. However, THIS book seems to (perhaps?) be written by a homeschooler with a Christian bent. That is perfectly suitable regardless of the school environment because the story IS, after all, based on the Christian premise of Christmas meanings and taking moral responsibility for our fellow man. The book had excellent essay / critical thinking questions, was reproducible, and well-balanced between nitty-gritty things like vocabulary and more "big picture" issues like literary analysis and tools used by the author and their effectiveness. This was purchased as an academic decathlon resource, and we came in 5th overall in the state of California! Am glad I found it!
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This is the second Progeny Press guide that we've used with our HS kids. The questions are spot-on regarding the books but shine most in the discussions they spark. I actually had purchased a guide from a different company for this book and ended up buying this guide and using it instead. These guides are excellent! We definitely will be purchasing more from this company.
I bought for my daughter. From glancing through, the guide seems to be to the point and easy to follow.
Loved it! Very helpful!!!
My son really enjoys every study guide we get from Progeny Press! He enjoys the interactive ones he can do online. He is enjoying the Christmas Carol and learning a lot. He enjoys how everything is sectioned out and easy to understand.