Charles Dickens’s "A Christmas Carol in Prose" as the Basis of an Instructional Unit
GRIN Verlag, 2008 - 32 pages
Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English - Pedagogy, Didactics, Literature Studies, grade: 1,7, http: //www.uni-jena.de/ (Institut fur Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Literaturvermittlung im Englischunterricht, language: English, abstract: While the traditional use of literature at schools usually relies on interpretation and the existence of a 'correct' way of interpreting the text, more recent theories like the aesthetics of reception focus on the dynamic interaction between the text and its readers, aiming at a type of aesthetic reading. Charles Dickens's novel of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge being visited by the three ghosts of Christmas and turning over to a new leaf is probably one of the best-known English novels; it is alluded to in many other pieces of literature, in films and even comics. This, banal as it may be, is already the first reason for choosing A Christmas Carol as a topic, since all the gags and allusions elsewhere would not be understood without some knowledge of Dickens's novel. Reading experiences also play an important role when it comes to motivation: other classic novels by Dickens like Oliver Twist, Great Expectations or David Copperfield, or their film adaptations may serve as a motivation for reading A Christmas Carol, or vice versa. Finally, apart from conveying a moral message, Dickens's story also portraits the Victorian age of Britain and its nuisances as vivid as only few other novels, which stays in mind far better than only hearing a report."
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ability action activities aesthetic reading akademische Texte aspects audio book background basis Carol in Prose cartoon chapter characterization Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol Christmas traditions classroom comprehension questioning confirmation contents convey Cratchits critical discussion cultural deciding Depending despite detailed Dickens Dickens’s A Christmas Dickens’s novel drawing Ebenezer Scrooge Elements emotions empathy English exploring expressing favour film adaptations Finally foster ghosts of Christmas grades GRIN Verlag guesses hypotheses images important improvised sketches instructional unit GRIN interaction interpretation KNAPP knowledge language learners lessons listening Literary didactics literature main character Malthusianism Marley meaning level modern motivation novel’s moral nuisances number of characters perhaps points of view portraits Possible questions preparation re-writing read at home readers reading comprehension skills role Scrooge’s nephew Singing star story story’s student summarize teacher’s teaching theatre performance third stanza three ghosts topic train understanding up-to-date Victorian age vocabulary or idiom WESKAMP