Today, a person who is very tight with money, is often called a scrooge, after, the main character in A Christmas Carol. Did you know that several other words and phrases were coined by Charles Dickens?
Words such as abuzz, flummox, the creeps,round the clock and whiz-bang are credited with Dickens. Other words that Dickens helped to popularize include, kibosh, butter-fingers,boredom,messiness,squashed,bah humbug,and tousled.
Here's another interesting fact about Charles Dickens.Someone said that if you counted all the words which Dickens used in his writing, it was an amazing 4.6 million different words!
With this being the time of year for the story, A Christmas Carol, it's a great opportunity to learn about its author,Charles Dickens. One of the most famous writers of all times,Dickens also wrote Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and more. My webquest includes 8 fun/informative questions to learn about Dickens. Additional activities/links,too.
1. You may also be interested in my biographical play on Hans Christian Andersen.
This reader's theater play introduces kids to fairy tale writer,Hans Christian Andersen. His story, The Ugly Duckling, some say was actually about him. Great activity for Anti-Bullying Month in October to go along with reading of this fairytale. Comprehension questions, discussion questions, extension activities and resources are included. Hans Christian Andersen, A Reader's Theater Script
2.The fun/informative play uses the format of William Shakespeare being a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about his life. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show Series. Also includes: Comprehension/Did You Know?section, LOTS of extension activities/links/key.
William Shakespeare, A Reader's Theater Script
3. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series, students will have fun acting out the parts as they learn about the famous children's book writer, Dr. Seuss. The play on the life of Theodor Seuss Geisel has nine audience Questioners, comprehension questions, a Did You Know? section and a Teacher page with lots of extension activities, links and the key to the comprehension questions. Great for Read Across America Day(March 2nd-Dr. Seuss' birthday), during the reading of one of his great stories or on a Friday when you are looking to have a biography script to use with your students.