Analyzing Literature- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
1 Hook-Novel Trailer on schooltube
Once the teacher introduces the title of the novel and author, engage students by playing the novel trailer for students found on schooltube.
The teacher will provide guided background notes and instruct students to use their textbooks to complete.
Students will watch the novel trailer, and students will use their textbook to compete background notes on the novel.
2 Direct Instruction
Review each stave with students as they read the novel independently. Be sure to analyze the plot, conflict, characters, and settings. As you read each Stave and finish discussing allow students to play Kahoot! as a class. This serves as a fun game as well as a formative assessment. It helps students to recall which events occurred in each Stave and the character's roles in the plot and conflicts.
When finished reading and discussing the novel as a class play a cumulative Kahoot! on A Christmas Carol using those available on Kahoot or create your own.
Students will read the novel A Christmas Carol as directed in class. The majority of class time will be spent on analysis. Students are welcome to BYOD when playing Kahoot! or they may use a netbook available in the classroom.
3 Guided Practice
Now that students have read and analyzed the novel as a class they have the necessary foundation to create a more in depth analysis using textual evidence .
The students must use one of the following prompts:
1. Dickens believed that social reform began with moral transformation (change) in the individual. How does Scrooge exemplify this. Compare and contrast the character as described in Stave One to the character portrayed in Stave 5.
2. Scrooge clashes with other characters, and he struggles with his own thoughts and feelings. Identify two of Scrooge's external conflicts or two of Scrooge's internal conflict and compare and contrast the two. Which do you believe was more prominent?
Assist students with their Venn Diagrams as needed. Be sure they are including relevant textual evidence which will support their thesis.
Students first need to chose a prompt and construct a thesis which fulfills the requirements of the prompt.
Students will use the Venn Diagram app to create a pre-write for their thesis on the provided prompts.
If choosing prompt #1 students should create a Venn Diagram which reflects differences and similarities to the character, Scrooge, from the beginning of the novel to the end. Differences should be more significant. Students should include textual evidence (a direct quote) for each point added to the Venn Diagram .
If choosing prompt #2 students should create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast either Scrooge's internal conflicts, or Scrooge's external conflict. Students should include textual evidence (a direct quote) for each point added to the Venn Diagram .
4 Independent Practice
Now that students have created a Venn Diagram they can begin to construct their essay by using on their school google drives. They will be provided with enough class time to do so .
Students will use their Venn Diagrams as a pre-write and construct an essay which answers one of the two prompts provided.
We will use turnitin.com to submit the final draft of the papers. Use peer review . Provide students with a rubric to evaluate their peer's essays as well as support questions.
Students are typically required to create a turnitin.com account when they enter 7th grade in our district so my students already had an account. Students who do not must first create a turnitin.com account.
Students construct an essay and submit the final draft to turnitin.com. Using a rubric students will evaluate one of their peer's essays.
They should also answer the following questions after reviewing:
1. What did you like best about the paper?
2. What questions do you have about the paper?
3. Were the reasons supported with enough evidence fromt he text?
4. What suggestions do you have to help your peer improve his or her paper?
Responses should be provided to their peers.