Tale of Two Cities, A - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 9-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: England, France, French Revolution

Genre: British Literature

Page Count: 78 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 11-12 weeks

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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. . . " and so begins this classic tale of the French Revolution.

"Recalled to life!" is the phrase running through the mind of Mr. Lorry, an agent of Tellson's Bank, as he travels from London to Dover in the year 1775. In Dover he meets young Lucie Manette, who after believing she was orphaned at the age of two, learns that her father is still alive. They travel on to France where they find Dr. Manette under the care of his former servant in the St. Antoine quarter of Paris. After being imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years, Dr. Manette is in a pitiable mental state, and Lucie takes him back to London.
Five years pass, and Dr. Manette regains his physical and mental vigor and sets up a medical practice. They meet French emigre' Charles Darnay, who narrowly escapes charges of treason. Darnay falls in love with Lucie and they marry, but as the fires of revolution sweep across France, all three return to Paris, where they are caught up in the chaos of a fearful rebellion.

Progeny Press' Tale of Two Cities English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

Author Biography: Learn about Charles Dickens and the fascinating history behind the author and novel.
Vocabulary: Examine words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Study the literary techniques employed by Dickens, including the use of synonyms, setting the mood, employing foreshadowing, crafting metaphors and similes, establishing tone, utilizing in-context language, incorporating verbal irony, employing hyperbole, referencing allusions, exploring irony, employing extended metaphors, highlighting contrasts and antonyms, personifying elements, shaping points of view, drawing parallels, understanding dynamic vs. static characters, discerning protagonists and antagonists, recognizing themes, and interpreting symbolic representations.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Explore lessons and values such as the notion from Ecclesiastes that there is nothing new under the sun, helping the suffering, grappling with the bondage of sin, navigating the tension between tradition and change, valuing a good reputation and trustworthiness, understanding God's love and redemption in the face of human failure, acknowledging authority, recognizing personal worth, reflecting on success and fame, addressing abusive relationships, contemplating revenge, exploring the dichotomy of man's heart versus outward appearance, critiquing judgmentalism, and finding purpose in pain and suffering to lead a worthwhile life.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Participate in a range of activities, from in-depth research on the Three Estates, French taxation pre-revolution, and the French Revolution, to exploring the political climate and geography of Paris, comparing and contrasting the American and French Revolutions, analyzing justifications for war and rebellion, delving into historical documents, discussing mottoes, contrasting cities, exploring the theme of doubles, and contemplating heroic fates.
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, Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

All of Progeny Press' language arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
England, France, French Revolution, 1780s-1790s
British Literature, Historical Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
93 pages
Study Guide Author:
Jeannie Buchholz
For the Book By:
Charles Dickens

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    3 Reviews

  • Posted by Mrs. Fowler on 19th Mar 2021


    A Tale of Two Cities Study Guide

    I purchased this for my 9th grader, who was reading A Tale of Two Cities for his homeschool curriculum. He was having a difficult time understanding the book, so we opted to deep dive into it by purchasing this study guide and halting his other English curriculum for 3 weeks. Not only did this really help him really understand the text but it helped us start good in depth discussions over the book together. We will definitely consider purchasing other study guides for his literature next year. As a note, due to time constraints we did not use this curriculum as intended, but I did find it incredibly thorough and would recommend this for someone looking for anyone looking for a high quality literature study. The book discussion this encouraged between my son and I was on par with the AP English class discussions I remember from my high school days. I am happy I purchased this curriculum.

  • Posted by Nicole C. on 19th Nov 2015


    Integrates Christian Worldview

    Excellent resource to help integrate a Biblical world view using a secular text.

  • Posted by Sara M. on 26th Jan 2015


    another great study guide!

    another great study guide!