This novel study activity (part of my A Christmas Carol Novel Unit
) is a cumulative book project that I assign after my honors and gifted students have read Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. It covers information in all five staves; students analyze plot, characterization, setting, conflict, author's point of view, and theme. Skills students will practice include inference, descriptive and persuasive writing, comparing and contrasting in a Venn diagram, visualizing text, and citing text evidence in a paragraph.
In addition to the project handout, I've updated this resource to include templates for magazine pages one and four: the psychological analysis of Scrooge and the Venn diagram. Students will also need construction paper and a few art supplies (colored pencils/markers and possibly scissors and glue) to create the magazine. I usually keep a box of old magazines for them to cut up and use for the collage if they don't want to draw, although these extra supplies certainly aren't necessary.
I get some really creative, thoughtful projects with this assignment! I love the variety of thought processes students must use to analyze the novel and especially characterize Scrooge throughout the story. The project incorporates reading and writing skills as well as visual art, which helps it appeal to different learning styles and interests!
To help lower-achieving students be successful with this activity, I recommend chunking it and assigning each piece immediately after the class has read the corresponding stave(s). Then, after they finish the novel, students can complete the last page and put the magazine together, reducing the amount of independent planning necessary.
I hope your students enjoy this novel project and get as much out of it as mine have in the past!
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