Weeks 13, 14, and 15

These last few weeks we have finished reading Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, completed Essay 3, and watched Disney’s “A Christmas Carol”.

“A Christmas Carol” is certainly one of the most famous Christmas tales, and one of the most popular novels of all time. All of the students in class had watched at least one version of “A Christmas Carol”, including (but not limited to): Looney Tunes, Doctor Who, Muppets, Mickey Mouse, Mister Magoo, Flintstones, Sesame Street, and Smurfs. We decided to watch one of the newest versions of “A Christmas Carol”, the Disney film starring Jim Carrey.

We discussed the following questions:

1) Why do you think the story is so famous?

2) What part does religion play in this book? Do you think this book would be more or less famous if Dickens took a stronger stance on religion?

3) Do you think the characters are well developed, and that Scrooge’s transformation is believable?

4) Do you dislike Scrooge in this book? If not, how does Dickens make you “like” him? (I.e. humor, etc).

5) How is wealth treated in the story? Does Dickens condemn wealth as corrupt, or does he offer a more complex view?

6) How do you think this story is best told? Through books, movies, plays, etc…

7) What do you think would happen in this story if Scrooge was poor instead of wealthy?

8) Would that outcome of “A Christmas Carol” be the same if Scrooge did not see his grave?


Writing Activities:

1) Pretend that you are a journalist and have to interview Scrooge. How would he answer before his transformation is complete?

2) Write a scene where you are visited from the ghost of Christmas Past. What would be your reaction? What would you ask? Is there a scene from your past that you would want to see again?

3) Re-Write a classic Christmas song as Scrooge would want it. (The responses to these were hilarious!)

4) Which ghost would you rather receive a visit from? Why?


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