This engaging and informative lesson enables students to make insightful and developed interpretations of Dickens’ use of language in describing ‘The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come’ in A Christmas Carol. In particular, they explore how the descriptive language used to describe the appearance, mannerisms, and movements aid the haunting portrayal of the ghost.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Reading and understanding the key plot elements of stave 4 - in which The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come appears;
- Identifying and exemplifying the key language features used by Dickens in describing the ghost, including its appearance, actions, and mannerisms;
- Analysing the extent to which the language used creates a haunting and imposing image of the ghost;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Extract - Stave 4 of A Christmas Carol;
- Dickens' Language: The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Worksheet (and completed answer sheet for teachers);
- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to mixed ability year 10 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities.
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