A Christmas Carol: Full Lit Unit & Random Acts of Kindness

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Want to scaffold readers into more difficult literature in a safe way? Ready to celebrate the holidays in English class while still rigorously accomplishing standards in all domains?

This unit is a perfect way for advanced middle school or early high school to step into reading Dickens AND still get modern-day relevance!

Using a “Random Acts of Kindness” theme, students will grapple with ethics as they not only read about Scrooge’s transformation in the novella, but also read about modern charities, complete their own Random Acts of Kindness plans, and grapple with whether or not modern society has learned anything from Scrooge.

This 89-page/slide unit includes some items sold separately…

Random Acts of Kindness Project: Get BOTH the generic on sold on TpT AND a Christmas Carol-specific version of the narrative writing
Chapter Study Guides: ACC Edition (made for staves)
A Christmas Carol: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
A Christmas Carol: Stave Quizzes with Text-Dependent Questions

As well as some only available in this download:

• Unit Plan: no-prep Common Core alignment* with “I Can” statements and essential questions!
• Student Overview Page & Sample Calendar: Previews the Unit
• Pre and Post Assessment surveys
• Intro to Dickens PPT: Brief 7-slide introduction to the novella
• Reading Strategies Lessons: Teach students how to combat difficult texts AND a skill lesson on how to use sentence types and context clues to decode a long, archaic sentence.
• Vocabulary Activity: An ACC-specific version of my Synonym Scales “shades of meaning” activity
• Stave Quizzes Template: Explains how I conduct quizzes and other assessments, plus quiz questions to use in a pre-made quiz template
• Socratic Seminars: a PowerPoint AND student handout provides 6 different seminars!
• Movie Comparison Activity: compare and contrast the Disney movie with the novella! Also includes a Parent Permission Slip (for the PG-13 movie) and how the timing/scenes align to the staves.
• Theme Essay: Directions, rubric, skill lesson on analyzing text evidence, AND a planning sheet to pick out and analyze the text evidence that will be used in the essay (similar to my Literary Analysis "Case File" Project).
• Narrative Short Story Writing: Three prompts for super fun creative writing with CCSS rubric!

*Several CCSS standards are covered for speaking, research, informative writing, narrative writing, and reading literature (outlined in the unit plan).

Last File Update: 11/19/16

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My other literature and holiday materials:
"The Gift of the Magi" Collaborative Literary Analysis Unit
Christmas Multigenre Writing for Teens: 40 Prompts and More
English Class Holiday Bundle: First Semester
Movie vs. Text Activity Bundle

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A Christmas Carol: Full Lit Unit & Random Acts of Kindness
A Christmas Carol: Full Lit Unit & Random Acts of Kindness
A Christmas Carol: Full Lit Unit & Random Acts of Kindness
A Christmas Carol: Full Lit Unit & Random Acts of Kindness