Christmas Carol Projects
This is a three part project. Check each part for due dates and instructions. Charles Dickens Research Project
Start here with a look at Case 1. Read them all before you select one to complete.
Go to the address above. Read the page. This is for Case One. The other cases are listed at the bottom of that page. There are also links to each one in our Resources links on the left of the Home Page.
You must select any one of the "Cases" to complete.
Cases 1 and 2 are easier and can still earn an A+ but will earn no extra credit.
Cases 3, 4 and 5 are much harder and will earn extra credit if they are done well.
All of the grades from this sheet will go into your Social Studies grade.
Your Case Project must be turned in on December 12th.
Answer questions 1-13 below and turn them in on December 19th. You may use any resources that you like since the information is available in many places.
The web addresses that I have given you are only suggestions and they don't always need to be the place that you go for information. Use encyclopedias, biographical dictionaries, books... or anything else you have. Go to other links if you like too! You may help each other and work as a small group.
Questions 14-18 must be done individually as they are personal responses.Questions 14-20 are due on January 14th.
Date Due Case Project December 12th Research Questions 1-13 December 19th Book Questions #14-20 January 14th
**Special note: Students have informed me that the following cases have links that need updating.
Use these instead:
Case 1 to get to the Dickens Museum go here.
Case 3 after clicking the given link you will see a list of three new links. Choose the one that is called "victorian web" then use "authors".
The questions 1-13 are due on December 19th. Questions 14-20 are not due until January 14th. Answer neatly and completely. Write all answers in complete sentences using proper grammar and spelling.
These links will be a great help to get you started.
Charles Dickens on Wikipedia
When was Charles Dickens born? When did he die?
Where did Charles live most of his life? (Country)
What happened to his Charles' father when Charles was 12?
What happened to Charles as a result of what happened to his father?
In what year was "A Christmas Carol" written?
Complete the titles of the following books written by Mr. Dickens:
A.) The ___________________________________ Papers
B.) ________________________________________ Twist
C.) David ________________________________________
D.) Great ________________________________________
Much of Mr. Dickens' message came from his experiences and those of other children who grew up in cities during the Industrial Revolution. To really understand what he saw you should learn about the treatment of the children. You may want to ask yourself why people would treat others this way.
To answer the following questions go to the web site below. You will need to read the information carefully. Do not just copy your answers from the pages. Child Labor
Follow the link to "scavengers". What did they do? Why was it dangerous?
Follow the link to "working hours". How long did the children work?
Follow the link to "deformities". What do all of the children in the picture have in common?
Follow the link to "punishments". What things happened to children who did not work as they were told to?
Choose 1 of the people under the title "The Factory Workers" to read about. Write a summary of what happened to him or her and explain 2 ways that person's life is different than yours today.
***The information on the links below is not easy to read.*** Its OK to get help from a teacher, librarian or parent if you need help reading and understanding the pages. Did the Nation Care?
Use the address above, or the encyclopedia, to assist you in answering the next two questions.
You also may use this Poor Law link for an easier to read version of the law.
Find out what the "Poor Law" was in England. Why would business owners want this law? Explain your thinking clearly.
Why would the business owners want living conditions to be tough in workhouses? Explain your thinking clearly.
#14-20 are due January 14th
FOR QUESTIONS 14-20, each answer should be on a separate sheet of paper. Use an "echo" phrase with your opinion to start each answer in the form of a "claim" or thesis as we learned in class. These links will be a great help to get you started. Make sure you provide facts and details that support your opinion.
To answer the following questions you must look in your heart and at what you have learned in class as we read and discussed "A Christmas Carol".
Remember to use proper language as they are from a far more formal time!
Write a short letter to Ebenezer Scrooge which explains to him that you have some things in common with him?
Explain, with proof from the story, that we all might be a bit like Jacob Marley?
How are we a bit like Timothy Crachit? Answer in one or two well written paragraphs.
Have YOU changed through this opportunity? In your opinion, what do you now think the message (allegory) of "A Christmas Carol" is? Explain your thinking in one or two well written paragraphs.
Choose one line or passage from the story that you feel really shows the most important message. Explain your thinking in a paragraph.
Students in 2018 should not do the questions highlighted in yellow below. 19 How did the Industrial Revolution time period play a part in the story "A Christmas Carol"? 20 How did the Industrial Revolution cause changes in the way people lived? 21 Could the story "A Christmas Carol" happen in our world today? Are our times very different? 22 How do "Ignorance" and "Want" play a role in the Industrial Revolution? How do they play a similar role in our world today? 23 Is the change from man to machine or farm to factory good? The questions below are for the students in 2018. Only pick 2! Choose any TWO of the following questions. These will count as #19 and #20. A As people moved to the cities from the rural areas, was it a good or a bad thing? State your opinion then, use details from class, our book, the text book or that you researched to support your opinion. B Was industrialization a good or a bad thing in the 1800's. State your opinion, then use details from class, the video we presented, our book or the text book to support your answer. C Was urbanization a good or bad thing in Charles Dickens' day? State your opinion, then use details from class, our reading, your text book etc. to support your answer. D Was the Poor Law, a fair law? State your opinion, then use details from class, the web pages you read, or our book to support your response.