Christmas Carol, A - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 8-12

Setting: London, 1800s

Genre: British Literature

Page Count: 50 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 7 weeks

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The classic Christmas story of greed, cold-heartedness, and redemption.
Ebenezer Scrooge is content with his life of work and petty self-interestor 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?"

Progeny Press Christmas Carol English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts Credit: This High School level ELA Christian literature curriculum qualifies for one-quarter credit.
Author Biography: Read about Charles Dickens and the interesting history behind the author of the timeless novel.
Vocabulary: Improve vocabulary with carefully designed activities that increase retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Experience literary techniques that enrich the story, such as similes, characterization, comic relief, allusion, tone, contextual understanding, using the dictionary, repetition for emphasis, foil characters, humor, hyperbole, foreshadowing, juxtaposition, personification, synonyms to enhance language, understanding dramatic structure, exposition, complications, crisis, dénouement, mood, setting, flashback, conflict, and theme
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Dig below the surface and uncover valuable moral lessons and character values, including finding comfort, exploring optimism and pessimism, understanding attitudes, taking responsibility for one's actions both past and present, finding contentment, exploring the fruits of the Spirit, contemplating death, embracing hospitality, and understanding the consequences of choices.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Engage in thoughtful activities and writing assignments. These include exploring social reform during Victorian England and the setting of London, creating maps to understand the story's locations better, learning about Christmas customs, enriching class discussions, and choosing from multiple essay topics. Additionally, there are opportunities for service projects.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Included is an in-depth reading list of more books by Charles Dickens, and other books and movies share themes with, or are similar to, A Christmas Carol.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide 

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on tired teenage high school student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for high school level student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

CD Format

  • Provides the study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • Our PDF Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Reader program. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
    Note: Mobile Devices/Tablets may require alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields.
  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA PDF guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher!

Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refines their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
#47 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200).

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Study Guide Author:
Rebecca Gilleland
For the Book By:
Charles Dickens
Workbook ISBN:

    1 Reviews

  • Posted by SARAH G. on 31st Aug 2015


    We just got our Progeny

    We just got our Progeny Press books and study guides last week! I love how they are thorough yet do not take my high schoolers hours to do. I like being able to just make photocopies of them so I can use them later on with my younger kids when they enter high school! Thanks for making something that fits right in with our school day!