A Christmas Carol Lesson Plans
Author: Charles Dickens

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Welcome to my A Christmas Carol lesson plans page. Here you will find two sets of writing resources to use for Charles Dickens' classic Christmas novel.

The first project on this page is a group project. There are 6 sets of wreath templates for students to write responses based on the main events that happen in A Christmas Carol.

The second project on this page could be used as an individual student project or a group project. Students design a character body for Scrooge and describe him for this creative writing project.

I hope that the two Christmas Carol Lesson Plans on this page give you some creative ideas to use with your students after they have read this book.

1. Group Project Wreaths:
Jacob Marley's Visit, Christmas Past,
Christmas Present, Christmas Yet To Come,
Scrooge Before, and Scrooge After

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A Christmas Carol is a traditional novel that is often read during December. There are many different adaptations of this novel for different reading levels. There are also different versions of this popular Christmas movie available. The most recent version of this movie came out in November 2009, starring Jim Carrey.

These group projects are in the form of Christmas wreath templates. Each wreath is made up of two pages that are glued together to form a large wreath that measures 12 inches in width and 10 inches in height. There are color wreath templates and black and white wreath templates for you to choose from in this set.

This Christmas Carol lesson plans set includes 38 pages of printable resources:

  • directions
  • first draft worksheets for the 6 different wreath topics
  • 6 final draft black and white wreath templates (two pages for each wreath)
  • 6 final draft color wreath templates (two pages for each wreath)
  • color and black and white bows for the wreaths
  • matching 5 page bulletin board display banner

There are 6 different wreaths in this set. Each wreath is two templates that are glued together to form a large wreath. The 6 wreaths are:

  • Jacob Marley's Visit
  • Christmas Past
  • Christmas Present
  • Christmas Yet To Come
  • Scrooge Before (also has a blank space for a drawing of Scrooge)
  • Scrooge After (also has a blank space for a drawing of Scrooge)
The matching 5 page display banner that is included in this set is below. It is hard to read the words in this small version of the banner. The main title is in Christmas lights font and says: A Christmas Carol. The second line says: Our Projects are Worth Singing About!

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After the students have read, or watched the movie, A Christmas Carol, split your class into groups and assign each group one of the 4 main wreath topics: Jacob Marley's Visit, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet To Come. There are two additional wreaths (Scrooge Before and Scrooge After) that you can also use for this actitity.

Below are examples of the first draft writing worksheets that each group will complete. There are also first draft worksheets for Scrooge Before and Scrooge After, but they are not shown.

A Christmas Carol Creative Writing Project Lesson Idea

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Creative Writing Lesson Plans Idea

There are both color and black and white wreath shaped final draft templates to choose from in this A Christmas Carol lesson plans set.

Students use the information that they have written on their first drafts to complete the writing sections in their final draft wreath templates.

There are 6 different wreaths in this set. Below is an example of the Christmas Past Wreath. The 6 wreaths that are in this set are:

  • Jacob Marley's Visit
  • Christmas Past
  • Christmas Present
  • Christmas Yet To Come
  • Scrooge Before (also has a blank space for a drawing of Scrooge)
  • Scrooge After (also has a blank space for a drawing of Scrooge)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Group Project Worksheets and Templates

There are both color and black and white wreath bows in this set. Cut out the bows and glue them on the bottom of the finished final draft wreath templates, so that they hang over the bottom of of the wreath.

Christmas Bows for Wreaths for A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

This display is from Teresa's classroom.
She teaches Grade 4 in New Jersey.

A Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens Wreath Bulletin Board Display of Projects

2. Scrooge Character Body Project

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Scrooge Character Reading Book Report

Your students will love creating a large visual image of Ebenezer Scrooge for this project for A Christmas Carol! The writing templates that I have designed fit inside on Scrooge's shirt and outside on his vest.

This Scrooge Body Character Project will provide you with all of the teaching resources that you need for your students to creatively write about Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. The only additional material required to complete this project is construction paper, although you may also want to provide yarn for Scrooge's hair.

Traditionally, requiring students to write about the main character of their book is a task that most students find quite boring. By using these Scrooge body shaped book report templates, your students will be enthusiastic about writing about Ebenezer Scrooge!

You will be amazed at some of the creative ideas that your students come up with as they are individualizing Scrooge's body to represent things that they read about him in A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol Scrooge Body Projects by Charles Dickens

Above: The matching 5 page display banner that is included in this set is below. It is hard to read the words in this small version of the banner. The main title is in Christmas lights font and says: Ebenezer Scrooge. The top smaller line says: Our Character Projects For:

This Christmas Carol lesson plans set includes assembly directions on how to prepare and assemble Scrooge's body. There are 3 pages of directions that show how to assemble this project with graphical images. Below is a sample of two of these pages. I have only shown the first step and the last step of the directions in this picture sample. The directions in this set are split up into 8 steps of graphical images that demonstrate how to cut and fold the construction paper.

Scrooge Body Character Project Directions

I believe that the writing process is important and that teachers should use process writing whenever possible. For this reason, my students never begin their projects by writing on their final draft templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets. Then, they edit and revise their work on their own, with a partner, or in individual writing conferences with me.

This Christmas Carol lesson plans set contains three worksheets for students to write their first drafts on (only two of them are shown below). On my first draft worksheets, I have designed the writing line spaces to match the spaces alloted on the final draft Scrooge body templates.

This Scrooge Body Character Project Set is designed so that each section fits onto the shirt and vest area of Scrooge's body. The writing sections for this project include:

  • Outside Vest Pocket: Title, Author, Name, and Date
  • Inside Middle of Shirt: If I Met Ebenezer Scrooge (If you met Ebenezer Scrooge, what advice would you give him? What activity would you choose to do with Ebenezer Scrooge if you met him? Try to think of something that would help change Scrooge and teach him an important lesson.
  • Inside Left Area of Shirt: Scrooge At the Beginning of the Book (Describe what Scrooge was like at the beginning of the book.)
  • Inside Right Area of Shirt: Scrooge At the End of the Book (Describe what Ebenezer Scrooge was like at the end of the book. How did he change after Marley’s visit and the visits by the spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come? What valuable lesson did Ebenezer Scrooge learn from these visits?)
  • Adjectives: Students write 10 descriptive adjectives about Scrooge and glue them on the outside of the his body.

Due to spelling differences in English (words like color/colour and favorite/favourite), there are two sets of downloads for these worksheets in this Christmas Carol lesson plans set, as well as the final draft templates and grading rubric. You can select the spelling that is used in the country that you are from.

A Christmas Carol Scrooge Body Character Projects First Draft

This Christmas Carol lesson plans set includes 3 pages of final draft templates that are cut out and glued on the inside and outside of Scrooge's body.

Scrooge Body Character Project for A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Project:  Scrooge Final Draft Templates and Worksheets

These Christmas Carol lesson plans includes a grading rubric.

I believe that it is important for students to evaluate their own work, so my grading rubric contains both a student assessment and a teacher assessment component. When the students grade their work, they color in the faces. When the teacher grades the work, the teacher circles the small numbers in each box beside the faces. I often find that my students are harsher on themselves than I am, and that the grade that I give them is higher than they have scored themselves.

Below is an example of my Scrooge Body Character Project grading rubric:

A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge Project Grading Rubric

These Scrooge project examples are from Teresa's classroom.
She teaches Grade 4 in New Jersey.

Scrooge A Christmas Carol Lesson Activity

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