'A Christmas Carol': Creating Scrooge
In this session, pupils investigate how Dickens’s celebrated and ever popular Christmas story has secured such an enduring place in our hearts, with adaptations on stage, screen and print.
Pupils look at the story and its impact on the Victorian Christmas and then go on to undertake a detailed and focused study of the language Dickens used to create the most memorable character in the story - Scrooge himself!
To round off the workshop, pupils ‘channel their own inner Dickens’, by either performing a dramatic presentation or by writing their own character creation, using real quill pens and ink!
First edition of A Christmas Carol, Cinnamon cloth binding with gold detail, 1843. E75.a
© Charles Dickens Museum
Reading (English Literature, pre-1914)
Understand increasingly challenging texts through:
making inferences and referring to evidence in the text
knowing the purpose, audience for and context of the writing and drawing on this knowledge to support comprehension
Read critically through:
knowing how language, including figurative language, vocabulary choice, grammar, text structure and organisational features, presents meaning
- Improvising, rehearsing and performing play scripts and poetry in order to generate language and discuss language use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact.
Informative and highly entertaining Dickens walk with expert Richard Jones; exploring London through Dickens’s eyes.
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Onsite – 2 hours. All workshops are integrated into interactive guided tours of the historic house.
Class of up to 30 students, Off-peak £250 (Jan-Oct), Peak £290 (Nov-Dec). Please enquire for smaller groups.
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We can accommodate a maximum of 30 students per booking slot. We have the capacity to run two half day sessions onsite each day from 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00-15:00. Please note that for the safety of your group we require a minimum adult-to-student ratio of 1:10 for each onsite booking.
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