Lesson 3: Theme Analysis

The experience of the three visions in A Christmas Carol causes such a great change in Scrooge’s thoughts and behavior that he is no longer a “Bah, humbug” man. Unlike earlier staves, stave 5 is full of laughter and happiness. In his brief preface, Dickens states that he wanted to raise an “Idea.” In other words, he had a clear theme or themes in mind. This lesson leads students beyond a summary and discussion of characters and events to an understanding of the major themes of the novel. (CCSS RL 8.2.).

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

Learning Objectives

Distinguish plot summary from theme articulation

Analyze themes in A Christmas Carol