Christmas Carol, A – Study Guide




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?”

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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!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5×11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for 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
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!
Recommended Grade Level: 8-12
Setting: London, England, 1800s
Genre: British Literature
Workbook ISBN: 978-1-58609-359-4
CD ISBN: 978-1-58609-616-8
Study Guide Author: Rebecca Gilleland
For the Book By: Charles Dickens
Study Guide Page Count: 57 pages

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × .5 in