A Christmas Carol: Non-Fiction Reading Activity

A Christmas Carol: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
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Need to add non-fiction into a Christmas Carol or holiday-themed unit? Want to add some controversy to your class before winter break?

Use this 2-day lesson connecting literature and modern articles to assess CCSS RI.1 and W.9 in your ELA classroom. Themed around the question “Have we REALLY learned anything from Scrooge?”, the articles and corresponding questions ask students to think critically about the theme of the novella and whether or not society is carrying out Scrooge’s lesson.

(Though this lesson is ideal for a unit on A Christmas Carol, you can STILL use it if students just know the story or watch one of the movie versions! The “text dependent” part comes from the articles.)

In this EDITABLE doc from my “Nonfiction about Lit” series, ask students to read all three articles OR assign students to articles (jigsaw-style) to differentiate your instruction.

This 3-page lesson includes*:
• Clearly marked standards
• Context and directions
• Hyperlinks to 3 current, credible articles about modern day donating and our motives
• 4 text-dependent questions PER article for literal and critical comprehension, including vocab-in-context questions, inference, and detail questions
• 3 prompts to write a reaction paragraph that cites the text
• A final exit ticket question to draw a final conclusion to our themed question
• An answer key

Wait! This product is INCLUDED in my A Christmas Carol: Full Unit (with Random Acts of Kindness Project).

(*For an IN-DEPTH PREVIEW, check out my FREE Non-fiction Activity for The Giver!, which has similar features!)

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