'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!
They will also be presented with dramatic readings from key areas of the text to deliver as a group.
In a practical workshop, pupils will ‘channel their own inner Dickens’ by writing their own character creation, using real quill pens and ink! 

Frontispiece from a first edition of 'A Christmas Carol'

First edition of A Christmas Carol, Cinnamon cloth binding with gold detail, 1843. E75.a 

© Charles Dickens Museum 

Curriculum Links:

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
Spoken English:
  • 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.
Please note that this session requires students to have some familiarity with the novella A Christmas Carol.

Optional Extras

Informative and highly entertaining Dickens walk, exploring London through Dickens’s eyes.
For more information click here.

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 £295 (Nov-Dec). Please enquire for smaller groups. 


Booking forms and enquiries should be sent to: education@dickensmuseum.com
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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.

Please be advised that full payment is required in order to confirm your booking. Amendments and cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to your visit, after which no refund will be available.

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