This high-interest writing activity (part of my A Christmas Carol Novel Unit
) contains nine engaging and thought-provoking prompts related to Charles Dickens' classic holiday novel A Christmas Carol, and it's just been updated to include a Socratic seminar with 18 new analysis questions covering similar concepts!
These activities can be used separately or as a pair (write and then discuss, or hold a seminar and use the writing prompts as a follow-up), but either way they are great as a conclusion to a novel study, class discussion starters, or group literature circles activities.
In the tic-tac-toe, students will discuss kindness, money, and the future; they will make real-life connections to the Ghosts of the Past, Present, and Future; and they will use personal experience to evaluate the novel's themes. This would be a great conclusion to a novel study, class discussion starter, or group activity. These questions always get my students excited to write! Kids love getting to choose their writing prompts, which is why I LOVE the tic-tac-toe format - it lets them feel in control while still getting them to think through and write three responses! You have the flexibility to require anything from short answers to paragraphs to full essays, depending on your students' ability and time.
During the seminar, students will analyze theme, make value judgments, infer character motivations, draw conclusions about the author's purpose, explain symbolism, compare fiction and reality, and evaluate the novel's message for modern readers. Like a traditional seminar, the questions are divided into three sections: general questions about life, specific questions about the story, and connections between the two. There are questions drawn from each stave, as well as many questions that ask students to draw large-scale conclusions. I definitely recommend letting students refer to the novel during the seminar, as they usually become very determined to find text evidence when challenged by their peers!
I hope your students enjoy these open-ended, in-depth novel study questions.
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