This A Christmas Carol anticipation guide (part of my A Christmas Carol Novel Unit
) is a novel preview activity I use to introduce Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol. The ten statements relate to important themes presented in the novel and are general enough that they can also be used with an adapted version of Scrooge's story. I've also included six exit cards (a.k.a. exit slips or exit cards), for checking reading comprehension after each stave and at the end of the novel.
The anticipation guide worksheet contains ten theme statements related to the novel, and students must choose to agree or disagree with each one prior to reading. This reading strategy is a great opportunity for discussion, supporting opinions with reasons, and activating prior knowledge! After reading the novel, students can revisit the statements and, using what they have read, decide whether they still feel the way they did before. There is an opportunity at the bottom for an open-ended prediction about the novel and a brief after-reading reflection on it. I love to let students share their opinions; it always makes for a spirited class discussion, and they do have to support their opinions with details from the text, so it's also a great test review.
The exit tickets will help students practice characterization, cause and effect, author's purpose, inference, and theme. They are an excellent way to help students focus on the most important ideas as they read through this classic novel! Use them as quick reading checks, discussion starters, or even group work for literature circles.
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