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A Christmas Carol STAGE 3

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1 When the clock struck one, light shone into
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Scrooges bedroom, and a ghost appeared.


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2 The ghost took Scrooge back to his past, and
ACTIVITY 1 BEFORE READING Scrooge remembered it well.
Students will find out as they read that the best 3 Scrooges eyes were wet because he was crying.
answer is number 3. 4 Old Fezziwig gave his clerks a party on Christmas
Eve.
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5 Scrooge had once wanted to marry a girl called Belle.
1 Scrooge is a cross, miserable, mean old man, who
hates Christmas and is only interested in making CHAPTER 3 WHILE READING

money. 1 Where . . .? Outside in the cold, snowy streets.


2 Bob Cratchit is Scrooges clerk and he works in a 2 Why . . .? To make them kinder or to stop them
cold office with a small fire. arguing.
3 Jacob Marley, Scrooges partner, is dead. 3 Who . . .? Tiny Tim, his son.
4 Frightening things happen to Scrooge on Christmas 4 Why . . .? Because he only paid Bob fifteen shillings
Eve, and he sees four ghosts. a week, and she thought he was a hateful, hard,
5 By Christmas Day, Scrooge is a changed man. unfeeling, mean old man.
5 Who . . .? Scrooges nephew, his family and friends.
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6 Who . . .? Two sad and terrible children, who were
Encourage discussion. Possible answers: Crime and Need.
1 Yes, most people give presents to family and friends.
2 The traditional meal is roast turkey with vegetables, CHAPTER 4 WHILE READING

followed by a Christmas pudding. 1+11 Scrooge was more afraid of the last of the
3 It is a holiday for almost everybody, so most people spirits than he had been of the others.
stay at home or perhaps go away for a few days. 2+9 The spirit showed him shadows of things which
Some people go to church. hadnt happened yet, but would happen in the
4 Many people visit friends or family. future.
5 Merry Christmas! And a Merry Christmas to you 3+14 From the businessmens conversations Scrooge
too! learnt that nobody cared about the man who
had died.
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4+13 The three women sold Scrooges clothes because
Encourage discussion. Open answers. he had paid them very badly when he was alive.
ACTIVITY 5 BEFORE READING 5+8 A young family had to pay some money to
Students will find out as they read that the yes Scrooge so they were happy to hear of his death.
answers are numbers 6 and 7. 6+10 When Scrooge wanted to see sadness at a death,
the ghost showed him the Cratchits after Tiny
Tim died.
While Reading 7+12 In the churchyard, the ghost pointed at a grave
which had Scrooges name on the gravestone.
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1 Scrooges nephew to Scrooge, about Scrooge and his BEFORE READING CHAPTER 5
money. Students will find out as they read that the yes
2 Scrooge to his nephew, rudely refusing to go to his answer is number 1 and that Scrooge will go to
nephews house for Christmas dinner. his nephews house, to have dinner with them on
3 The gentleman collecting for the poor, to Scrooge, Christmas Day.
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about the prisons and workhouses; many poor


people preferred to die, rather than go to those
places.
After Reading
4 Bob Cratchit to Scrooge, apologizing for taking a ACTIVITY 1 AFTER READING
day off work on Christmas Day. Possible answers:
5 The ghost of Jacob Marley to Scrooge, warning W IFE : Youre home early, Bob! Its only three oclock!
Scrooge to lead a better life. Whats happened? Was Mr Scrooge angry because
you were late this morning?

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B O B : No, not at all. In fact, he shook my hand and he was younger. You see, our father was a cold, hard
wished me a merry Christmas! man, who didnt love Ebenezer at all. And so, as a
W IFE : But Mr Scrooge never says that. He hates child, Ebenezer too became cold, and spent a lot of
Christmas! time alone. When he was older and started work, he
B O B : I know. At first I thought he had gone crazy! He began to show an unhealthy interest in money, and
always used to say that Christmas was humbug. He that was the reason why he never married. There was

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was always miserable and cross, but now hes happy a girl who loved him once, a beautiful young woman
and cheerful. called Belle. But when she realized that he would
W IFE : But why has he changed, Bob? always love money more than her, she married another
B O B : He said that he learnt a lesson last night that he man. Poor Ebenezer! I know that you, with your warm
will never forget. I dont know what happened to heart, will feel sorry for him, now that Ive told you
him, but I do know that he sent the big turkey that this. Take care of yourself, my dear boy, and think of
arrived yesterday! me sometimes, when I am gone.
W IFE : Mr Scrooge paid for our Christmas dinner? Oh Your loving mother
my!
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B O B : But the best news is this, my dear. Hes going to
Possible answers would be:
pay me thirty shillings a week instead of fifteen!
1 You should always try to be kind and generous and
W IFE : But thats twice as much! Oh my, oh my!
cheerful, and think of other people.
B O B : And he wants to help us with the family, and be a
2 Nobody likes a cross, mean, miserable person.
second father to Tiny Tim.
3 The most important thing in life is to live a good
W IFE /HMY OHMY OHMY7ELL 'ODbless Mr
and happy life.
Scrooge!
4 It is never too late to change (your way of life).
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s "OB#RATCHITA clerk with a long white scarf
This is just one possibility:
s %BENEZER3CROOGEAn old man with red eyes, white
Ebenezer Scrooge did not do everything that he had
hair, and a cross voice
promised. He did pay Bob Cratchit thirty shillings
s 3CROOGESNEPHEW &REDA young man with a happy
a year, but poor Bob had to work very hard for it. It
laugh
was too late for Scrooge to change his ways, and soon
s 3CROOGESSISTERA warm-hearted little girl
he became as mean and miserable as he had been
s 'HOSTOF#HRISTMAS0ASTA figure with long white
before. There was no extra wood for the fire in Bobs
hair, but soft, young skin
office, and Scrooge never became a good friend to the
s 'HOSTOF#HRISTMAS0RESENTA figure with long
Cratchits or a second father to Tiny Tim. Sadly, Tiny
brown hair and a warm, friendly smile
Tim died later that year. The Cratchit family were
s 'HOSTOF#HRISTMAS9ETTO#OMEA tall, silent figure
very unhappy, but they tried to be cheerful and were
in a black robe
always kind to each other.
s "ELLEA beautiful young girl who loved a
Scrooges heart grew colder and colder, until one day
cold-hearted man
he was found dead in his bed by one of the cleaning-
s -R&EZZIWIGA large, kind-looking old gentleman
women. Now he lies in the graveyard, in the cold, hard
s 4INY4IMA little boy who could not walk
ground, and nobody cried at his death or put flowers
s *ACOB-ARLEYA spirit who had been unable to rest
on his grave.
for seven years
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Good titles:
s #HARACTERSFROM3CROOGESPASTBelle, Jacob Marley,
s Mr Ebenezer Scrooge
Scrooges sister, Dick Wilkins, Mr and Mrs Fezziwig
s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
s #HARACTERSFROMHISPRESENTTiny Tim, Fred, Bob
s Time to Change
Cratchit
Interesting titles, but they dont tell us much about
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Correct order: 3, 1, 7, 4, 9, 6, 10, 5, 8, 2 s Humbug!


My dear Fred, s The Wings of the Night
I dont think I have long left to live now, so this will Titles not relevant to the story:
probably be my last letter to you. Before I die, theres s A Cheerful Man
one thing I want to ask you try to be a good friend s Tiny Tim
to your uncle Ebenezer. I know he seems to hate s Merry Christmas
people, but remember that he had a difficult life when

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