Lesson 1: Language Analysis Based on Stave 1

To complete this lesson, students need to have read the first stave or chapter of the story, which precedes Scrooge’s encounters with the ghosts promised by Marley’s spirit.  Worksheet 1 involves them in decoding language based on context (CCSS RL 8.4) and engages them in close examination of parts of the text, all of which stress Scrooge’s coldness and isolation. Note that chapters in this work are also known as “staves.”

By focusing on selected passages, students understand Dickens’ language and recognize the protagonist’s adamant refusal to participate in the holiday celebrated by everyone around him. This lesson is part of an EDSITEment curriculum unit about A Christmas Carol, which includes background notes and a summative unit assessment along with lesson extenders.

Guiding Questions

No guiding questions provided.

Learning Objectives

Analyze the meanings of words and phrases based on textual context.

Describe and analyze Ebenezer Scrooge as he is presented in the opening stave.