'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
Optional ExtrasInformative and highly entertaining Dickens walk with expert Richard Jones; exploring London through Dickens’s eyes.
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KS2: English - Reading, Comprehension, Writing
Writing - Composition
- Discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
- Drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
- Identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning
Reading – Comprehension
- Discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
- In writing narratives, considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed
- Perform their own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume, and movement so that meaning is clear.
Onsite – 2 hours. All workshops are integrated into interactive guided tours of the historic house.
- Up to 10 students, Off-peak £100 (Jan-Oct), Peak £125 (Nov-Dec)
- Up to 20 students, Off-peak £150 (Jan-Oct), Peak £185 (Nov-Dec)
- Up to 30 students, Off-peak £200 (Jan-Oct), Peak £250 (Nov-Dec)
1 hour, one class, £50 + £30 for each additional class (UK)
1 hour, one homeschool household, £30 + £10 for each additional household (UK)
1 hour, one international class, £70 inclusive of VAT and international payment fee (overseas)
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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. Online sessions can be booked at times to suit you subject to availability.
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