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A Christmas Carol Unit Study

A Christmas Carol ~ Lesson Plans

The classic story "A Christmas Carol" ~ a famous author, Charles Dickens ~ creative animation genius, Walt Disney Productions ~ & one uniquely fascinating actor, Jim Carrey ~ what else can I say!?

When the new Disney Christmas Carol movie came out in 2009, I thought it would be a great time for educators and families to learn more about this timeless work of literature! Lesson plans, multi-curricular subject activities, teaching and learning resources, books, worksheets, videos, and games have been collected to teach an interesting unit on "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens!

** 2014 ~ Since the Disney movie came out five years ago, I've continued my search for interesting study materials for students and teachers and have found many that I will be using in the future to use with new students! Have fun with the resources below!

Lesson Plans for A Christmas Carol

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    Read the entire book online!
  • *A Christmas Carol Lesson Resources*
    Mr. Donn's website has several power points on Christmas Carol and Charles Dickens, activities and games for kids, many lesson plans for teachers, online stories, and background information on the story. This site has more materials than any other I
  • Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party!
    Read ~ Write ~ Think has a wondeful unit for this novel! Go on a webquest, research about Victorian England, write a character sketch, and portray that character with behaviors and style of the times. Information for 10 lessons, research links, and a
  • Charles Dickens ~ A Christmas Carol
    A Study Guide with Consideration for Grammar from John McIlvain ~ Resource Links (I had trouble with a few of the links, though.) ~ Reading Comprehension Questions & Vocabulary Lists ~ A Humbug's Grammar ~ A Review of English Grammar Based Upo
  • Reading Comprehension Questions
    22 questions from Easy Fun School
  • *Charles Dickens from BBC
    Enjoy an animated video about the life of Mr. Dickens, play a game "Survive Dickens' London", and read a biography of the author in this kid friendly site for learning.
  • A Christmas Carol Study Guide
    Fantastic guide for studying the novel! Summaries and analysis are available for each stave along with characters essays, major themes,biography, and tests.
  • Christmas Carol Lesson Plans
    Created by Lesson Planet

Bible Activities

  • A Christmas Carol Special Edition
    The Charles Dickens Classic with Christian Insights and Discussion Questions for Groups and Families by Charles Dickens (Author), Stephen Skelton (Editor) in paperback.
  • A Christmas Carol Bible Study
    Written by Primetime Parable Ministries, this Bible study may be purchased for a very reasonable fee. But that's not why I listed it here. I was impressed on the Bible references given to the characters and situations in the story. I've read and seen

Character Study for Christmas Carol


Language Arts ~ Creative Writing Activities

Creative Writing Assignment 1: Why not write up a character sketch of your favorite character from the story? What is it about that character's personality that appeals to you? What do you dislike? Can you relate to that character in any way? What is the character's main role in the story? Does the character change anything in his life or the life of others?

Creative Writing Assignment 2: Compare two or more characters from the story. Start by comparing and contrasting their characteristics on a Venn graph, then write an essay about the differences and similarities that you find.

Creative Writing Assignment 3: Pick a character and compare how the character is depicted in the book and the movie. Or compare the character from one movie to another. State which movie version(s) you chose to use. Is the character portrayed the way you would expect or differently? State the similarities and differences of the character.

Teachers and Students: Please submit essays about your favorite character(s) below to share with the world!

Favorite Notebook & Lapbook Materials!

All of these materials were made by very creative women that I admire! If you would like your students to make a lapbook or notebook (or combination of both) for "A Christmas Carol", I truly think these are the best on the web!

*A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens* ~ Live & Learn Press has created this fabulous "Learn 'N Folder" (lapbook) for grades 6 and up containing 40 mini books for a great study!

*A Christmas Carol Notebook Pages* ~ Melissa Telling of Lilliput Station Adventures made a beautiful set of notebook pages covering Dicken's Christmas Carol, Victorian Christmas, Plum Pudding, and Tiny Tim!

*Christmas Carol Notebook Pages* ~ The Homeschool Treasure Trove yahoo group has some wonderful pages for study! SoniaC (the creator) has graciously added the pages to Homeschool Launch for all to use freely.

A Christmas Carol Lapbook

A Christmas Carol Lapbook

A Christmas Carol Lapbook: by Hands of a Child Publishers - Every since the first time I found Hands of a Child books at an education convention, I have been hooked on using their materials! We have used several of their units from various subject areas! ~ The authors have provided everything a person needs to teach this 89 page literature based unit for grades 6 - 12. Contained within the book are chapter reviews with thought provoking reading comprehension questions, 25 themed side projects that may be made into a lapbook, notebook, or interactive display. You will also find 2 extension activities and 7 Christian connection activities.

Disney's New Carol

Disney's 2009 Version! ~ Starring Jim Carrey as Scrooge and all the Spirits, this movie was released on November 6th, 2009. Have a view here!

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Christmas Carol Versions

Which ones do you like or dislike? Vote below!


Choose what you will do, Scrooge! ~ "Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the end will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!" ~ The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

Puppet Version of A Christmas Carol

It is a drawing and puppet interpretation of "A Christmas Carol" from a family done on Christmas Eve. From the credits at the end (almost 17 minutes long), it appears that several family members and friends participated in this interesting version. As a teacher, I was trying to think of other ways that a class or family could present this tale. Hhmmm ...

A Christmas Carol ~ Book or Movie?

A Christmas Carol Study

A Christmas Carol Study

Teacher Resources from CurrClick

(They have many more than this, also.)

~ A Christmas Carol Novel Literature Unit by Highlights of Homeschooling, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Unit Study by Brandenburg Studies, A Christmas Carol: A Novel - Ties Study Guide by Learning Links.

How do you feel about the story?

PaigSr from State of Confusion on December 18, 2013:

It was only after I saw the Muppet Christmas Carol and Gonzo said to read the book that I actually did.

Giovanna from UK on December 16, 2013:

I love this story too.

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on December 05, 2012:

@cjbmeb14 lm: Me, too!

cjbmeb14 lm on December 04, 2012:

Love this story

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on November 21, 2012:

@sheilamarie78: Have fun with the new versions! :)

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on November 20, 2012:

I love this story! You've introduced me to a couple of new versions. Thanks!

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on November 10, 2012:

@mosaic-tiles: Glad you liked it! :)

mosaic-tiles on November 10, 2012:

Great lens. Liked.

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on October 20, 2012:

@moralblogger lm: Thanks!

moralblogger lm on October 20, 2012:

What a great lens! Fabulous reading!

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on October 19, 2012:

@donnetted: Thank you, Donnette!

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on October 19, 2012:

@donnetted: Thank you, Donnette!

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on October 19, 2012:

@LornsA178: Thank you, Lorna! :)

Donnette Davis from South Africa on October 19, 2012:

I have returned to bless this wonderful lens xx

Lorna from USA on May 07, 2012:

I have to go back and give this lens an angel blessing. This lens is one of my favorites. God bless!

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on January 16, 2012:

@evelynsaenz1: Thank you!!

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on January 15, 2012:

Wonderful job compiling resources for a unit study of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. :)

Squid Angel Blessed! :)

fannika02 on December 25, 2011:


jadehorseshoe on December 24, 2011:


Lorna from USA on December 20, 2011:

Our family love any version of Christmas carol. Great lens! Thanks!

Buchamar on December 14, 2011:

one of my favorites :)

homeschoolgirl1 on December 14, 2011:

very nice and interesting

Edutopia on December 14, 2011:

This works out perfectly for me as a good resource to make my lesson plan for the winter camp I found out at the last minute I have to teach, thanks!

Shannon from Florida on December 07, 2011:

Great lens! I'm teaching "A Christmas Carol" to my K-2 literature class tomorrow. We're using the Disney version of the story book since I couldn't find a more child-friendly version.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 20, 2011:

I still love the 1951 version.

Shipra00 on November 14, 2011:

When the new Disney Christmas Carol movie came out in 2009, I thought it would be a great time for educators and families to learn more about this timeless work of literature

beckyf on November 13, 2011:

What an excellent lens! Such good ideas here. :)

I'm going to add your lens to my "A Christmas Carol" lens.

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on November 07, 2011:

@MintySea: Yes, there are many good versions, but also some that are not true to Dickens original. Thanks for sharing your ideas. =D

MintySea on November 07, 2011:

Muppet's Christmas Carol (Disney) is a fave of mine. While its wacky it actually preserves much of dickens text and is one of the more true to Story (Sept for marley)

I long to see the Patrick Stewart

And I did enjoy the scott version

I have seen a lot of bad versions

spartakct on November 02, 2011:

Nice lens!!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on November 02, 2011:

What a great unit of study. Very nicely done!

moonlitta on October 28, 2011:

Dear Pamela, we've lost track fora while but I am always amazed by th eeffort and work you put into your lenses! (Loved the free e-book, too:) Blessings:)

Odille Rault from Gloucester on October 24, 2011:

Wow, great lens! I love Dickens, and it's fabulous to read such a comprehensive lens on "A Christmas Carol" - really enjoyed it! :)

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on October 10, 2011:

well presented lens. i enjoyed my visit. ~blessed~

Philippians468 on March 31, 2011:

this is an excellent lens! thank you for sharing this! cheers

photofk3 on February 01, 2011:

Nice lens.

Tagsforkids on January 17, 2011:

Truly a timeless classic that we enjoy every year. Although we like Bill Murray's Scrooged, the best is the old black and white version! Now you have me thinking about a Squidmas Carol! :)

John Norman Stewart from Cottonwood, CA on December 25, 2010:

Hello there: Enjoyed your lens. I still have some old 78's records in a "Christmas Carol" album starring Basil Rathbone. Must have been done in the 40's and that's when I listened to them. It's definitely a classic story.

javr from British Columbia, Canada on December 21, 2010:

I haven't seen all of the versions yet. So far, I like Alistair Sim the best. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

Kay on December 18, 2010:

Wow, nicely put together page. Thumbs up from this homeschooling mom.

MusicalKay28 on December 16, 2010:

good job momma!

julieannbrady on December 16, 2010:

OMG, ... love it! "God Bless Us EVERYONE!"

anonymous on December 15, 2010:

Loved it! Happy Holidays Pamela, Kathy

gods_grace_notes on December 14, 2010:

I love the story... and love your lens! A very, merry Christmas to you!

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on December 04, 2010:

@SoniaC: Thanks, Sonia! I added your information above. =D Pamela

SoniaC on December 03, 2010:

Thank you for linking to my notebook pages! :-) I also put them on my HSLaunch page for anyone who doesn't want to join the group to access them.

anonymous on December 02, 2010:

Awesome lens,enjoyed my stay!

RealityTV LM on November 27, 2010:

Really amazing lens!

ThruMyEyes LM on November 24, 2010:

very nice lens!

DelightfulDanie on November 17, 2010:

I love The Christmas Carol!! Creative lens!

noobeegin on November 13, 2010:

A Christmas Carol is probably one of the very best books ever written. It's story is timeless. It has been made and re-made into movies over and over again. It's message never dies.

ElizabethJeanAl on November 03, 2010:

We always watch two versions of The Christmas Carol on Thanksgiving. It sets the right tone for the Christmas season.

Thanks for sharing,


Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on October 20, 2010:

Thanks for sharing - another beautiful lens!

lakern26 lm on February 10, 2010:

I love the story of "A Christmas Carol"! It is by far my favorite holiday tale ... and Mickey's Christmas Carol is my favorite version. This is an excellent lens that contains a wealth of information and ideas for teaching this classic. It's definitely a story that kids should become familiar with. 5* and lensrolled to "Disney's A Christmas Carol Train Tour"

lostinfiction on December 30, 2009:

wow, kudos to you for putting all this info together! Very well done. Also have a look at his Infloox page - I've seen quite a bit there about where Dickens drew his influences in order to write the book. I'd never have guessed that they'd be so unrelated, in a way! :)

Chappelle on December 12, 2009:

Great information and well done lens!

5* and favorited!

RuthieDenise on December 10, 2009:


I love this lens. You really put some work into it.

Laniann on November 25, 2009:

It's a wonderful Christmas story. Always nice to watch and read the book around Christmas time. 5*

Mary from Chicago area on November 23, 2009:

Have seen many interesting versions over the years. There's a very talented actor/director locally who does it as a one-man show. Love the lens, and congrats on the awesome lensrank! :) :) :)

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on November 18, 2009:

Love the book! Love the lens! Blessed, and featured, by a Christmas Angel (

stacy mcdaniel on November 18, 2009:

Cool lens! I love the movie, A Christmas Carol. I havent watched it in a few years. I think I'll put that on my Christmas list.

lasertek lm on November 16, 2009:

A Christmas Carol. This story is very inspiring. I've seen a couple of plays about this story, yet, I'm willing to watch some more. This is really a good story that should be passed on to future generations.

Hope you could visit my lens as well. Thanks

KimGiancaterino on November 15, 2009:

I watch the Alistair Sim version at least two or three times every December. Such a wonderful classic. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

ktbworldwide on November 15, 2009:

great lens

justholidays on November 08, 2009:

Wonderful lens! The kind of lens I really enjoy: lots of info and nice pics.


yoga2009 on November 07, 2009:

It's amazing what sort of ideas one can come up with when on holiday, that can make

you a very rich person :)

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TrishH LM on November 06, 2009:

Love this lens and perfect timing to come across it...I am so ready to start getting ready for the holidays and get the kids some fun and educational activities. =-)

anonymous on November 04, 2009:

The new version looks like it will be pretty good.

Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on November 03, 2009:

I visited the train for Disney's new Christmas Carol movie - looks a bit spooky for little kids. I like the Muppet Christmas Carol.

happynutritionist on November 01, 2009:

Great minds think alike! I did one similar but different, and was so surprised to find yours, 5stars and a lensroll:-) LOVE it! ~claudia

reasonablerobby on October 31, 2009:

A great lens about a great story. I've just been sitting bemoaning the numerous Xmas adverts on telly. More christmas spirit than retail hype is needed!

anonymous on October 31, 2009:

I didn't realize there were so many great movie version out there. Nice collection.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on October 25, 2009:

Another excellent unit study.

Thank you for joining the Lesson Plans Group.

Joan Hall from Los Angeles on October 23, 2009:

Really great lens. Maybe this will be a good year to read "Christmas Carol" to my kids. They've seen it on TV, but never read the book.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on October 23, 2009:

Ok, so I would have definitely failed that test! I put my comments in the wrong comment box.

This is a beautiful lens and an excellent resource lens.

I love you bio. If my children were still "homeschool" age, I would definitely be seeking your help and advice. I believe you will be an excellent asset to all homeschooling Moms.

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on October 21, 2009:

What a fantastic idea and well crafted lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel

Robin S from USA on October 21, 2009:

Excellent work on this lens!

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on October 21, 2009:

Nice job. What an interesting idea to use the story "A Christmas Carol" as a teaching tool.

imolaK on October 21, 2009:

I saw the film and I think we can learn from it very much.We can see how "Greed" can ruin someone's life and others' life ,too.

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