A Christmas Carol

      In this lesson students read an extract from 'A Christmas Carol' and examine the characters in the text. They then discuss the theme of festivals as preparation for a writing task on the same topic.

      Level: B2+

      Age group: Older teens/adults

      90 minutes (plus homework)


      • To develop students’ ability to understand detail.
      • To encourage students to appreciate characterisation in a piece of creative writing.
      • For students to reveal character in their own pieces of writing.

      Suggested timetable fit:

      • To fit with the timing of a local festival (especially Christmas for a multilingual group studying in a native speaker environment).
      • To fit with a lesson on describing character.

      Plan components

      Lesson plan: download lesson plan 01 / download worksheet 02 (teacher's notes)

      download worksheet 01 / download worksheet 02

      By Richard Lunt

      The plans and worksheets are downloadable and in pdf format - right click on the attachment and save it on your computer.

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      Lesson plan: A Christmas Carol36.4 KB
      Worksheet 1: A Christmas Carol52.38 KB
      Worksheet 2: A Christmas Carol35.82 KB
      Worksheet 2 - teacher notes: A Christmas Carol32.28 KB