This small bundle includes two of my biographical resources about Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. Very useful for differentiation - for students working at different levels, for home schoolers, for ESL classes and more. The resources may be seen and purchased individually by clicking on the following links:
5 Days with Charles Dickens and a Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol Grades 4-6
Included in this combined resource:
1) 5 Days with Charles Dickens Grades 7-10
This biographical resource about Charles Dickens also includes an "A Christmas Carol" activity as well as a good variety of reading and writing activities for middle and high school English students.
--- 3 biographical informational texts about Dickens - each of the texts includes questions on the right side of the page
--- a reading passage about and a writing assignment for his novella A Christmas Carol;
--- a set of short essay questions relating to the passages;
--- an answer key.
- Each passage can be used individually or all may be assigned in order over time, for example, as bellringer activities.
- I have also included the three biographical passages as one continuous reading passage (with slight changes).
- The unit also includes an in-class writing assignment and a set of essay questions.
Most of my Five Days With... units have five biographical passages but in the case of Dickens I decided to change it to include a passage about A Christmas Carol and a writing assignment where students write a modern version of the classic. The students might need a little more background on the story for this but this would be a great class discussion topic where the students could pool their knowledge and ideas. They could also be assigned doing research on the story before completing the activity. It would also work very well, of course, if the students have read the novella itself.
2) Charles Dickens, His Life and Times (grades 4-6)
Charles Dickens, His Life and Times...and A Christmas Carol: this resource is a perfect way to introduce your students to A Christmas Carol, giving students background on the novel and Charles Dickens. Each of the two texts can be used alone (but in sequence): they could be assigned as the teacher wishes, in class over a couple of days or more, as homework, as independent projects, etc.
The two texts are chronological and just over 400 words in length with an illustration:
--Part 1 is titled “Dickens’ Early Life” and Part 2 “Charles Dickens the Author”;
--each text has:
a page of questions (inference, factual, and opinion)
a page of vocabulary and language use work and a short writing assignment.
--there is also a one-page cloze activity using the twelve vocabulary words from Parts 1 and 2 (introduced in the work sheet for each part);
-- a short quiz that consists of six multiple-choice questions and one short answer question;
--a full answer key is included.
I also have a research-based and ELA activity resource in my store:
Charles Dickens and a Christmas Carol Research and ELA Activity Resource