"A Christmas Carol" - 5 Day Unit Plans Drama Study - Digital Incl.

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Teach A Christmas Carole every year. So nice to have additional meaningful resources to go along with my plans. Thank you.
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This resource is for ”A Christmas Carol” Drama Study. You'll find a paper and digital version in this resource. If you would prefer similar resources that are designed to be used in an Interactive Notebook, check out the "A Christmas Carol" Interactive Notebook Resource HERE.

This resource is the perfect companion to “A Christmas Carol” written by Charles Dickens and dramatized by Frederick Gaines. As students read the drama about Ebenezer Scrooge, a man obsessed with greed, and then visited by spirits that change him forever, they’ll develop critical reading skills. Through small group work, independent studies, and class discussions students will not only understand and appreciate the elements of drama but develop deep meaning of the text. In this unit students will build historical background on the author and play, understand and appreciate the elements of drama, develop vocabulary knowledge, analyze characters, actively read and record their understandings, make personal connections to the text, and write in response to the literature. Students will also be participating in small group discussions, working with partners, and reflecting on their learning independently. There’s also a final assessment included in the unit. The end result is a fun, engaging, and CCSS-aligned unit!

The drama study includes all the resources you’ll need to teach this unit in your classroom tomorrow. You’ll love how easy the drama is to teach and your students will love this classic holiday tale!

Great News! The student packet is also available as a Google Slides resource for students. In addition to the PDF version, students can complete the packet pages via a file sharing service such as Google Drive, Google Classroom, or in the internet “cloud.” The digital version of the packet is accessible from any computer and allows students to complete their work online.

In this unit, students will…

  • Understand and appreciate elements of drama
  • Build historical background for the play
  • Determine themes conveyed in the text
  • Describe how the play’s plot unfolds as well as how characters respond as the plot moves towards a resolution
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases used in the text
  • Explore how character choices affect the plot and build on the theme of the story
  • Engage in collaborative discussions
  • Write in response to literature

Common Core State Standards:

  • RL.1, RL.2, RL.3, RL.4, RL.5, RL.6, RL.10
  • W.10, SL.1, L.4, L.6

This Interactive Reading Unit includes…

  • Unit Overview
  • Detailed activity plans (8)
  • Elements of Drama Partner Activity
  • Historical Background (4)
  • Letter to Marley Writing Activity
  • Student Packet: Drama Elements, Vocabulary, Building Background Notes, Active Reading, Mood Investigation, Character Analysis
  • Personal Reflection
  • Test - Multiple-Choice, True and False, and Short Answer
  • All Instructional and Test Keys

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Total Pages
45 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.


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