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Activity Overview

There are quite a number of characters in this story. As it is often read in the form of a drama (play) it can be especially good to delve into the different characters and see what makes them tick. Use this storyboard to record information about each character. Dig deeply to figure out what their beliefs and interests might be. Use their actions, as well as their words, to figure them out.

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Ebenezer Scrooge

Traits: miserly, lonesome, greedy, cheerless, heartless

Beliefs: family and friendship are a waste of time and that people will only let him down

Interests: making money and being left alone

Quote that Shows Personality: "Bah! Humbug!"

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in A Christmas Carol and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character from the "1600s to 1800s" tab to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in Textables for Traits, Interests, Beliefs, and Quote that Shows Personality.

Lesson Plan Reference

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Character Map Template
Create a character map of the characters in the story. Put the character's name in the title boxes and choose a character and scene to represent each one. As you read, take notes on the characters by answering the questions.
33 Points
25 Points
17 Points
Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are both appropriate for the book's characters.
Many of the characters and scenes match the book's characters.
More than half of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Less than half of the information of the notes is correct and relevant.
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized.

How To Conduct a Role Play For A Christmas Carol


Select Important Scenes or Characters

Choose crucial passages or characters from "A Christmas Carol" that you want students to role play. Some examples of this might include Scrooge's experiences with the ghosts, his contacts with Bob Cratchit, or his confrontations with the charity collectors.


Assign Roles

Assign your students parts in accordance with the scenarios or characters you've selected. Ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to participate. Students can play many parts or move between them for various scenes if they so want.


Set the Scene

Set up a simple environment for the role-playing. This can entail setting up desks or chairs to depict the setting of the scenario. If at all feasible, employ visual aids or props to improve the experience. Ask the students to try to make their appearance as similar to the character as they can.


Encourage Character Study

Encourage the students to evaluate the characters they were given. Ask them to think about the character's traits, motivations, aspirations, and interpersonal connections. They may represent the characters more accurately with the aid of this study. Students can also try to view the story from their character’s perspective by reading more about the culture and background of the character.


Discuss and Reflect

After the role-play, assemble the class for a discussion. Invite the students to discuss their experiences, insights, and difficulties that they observed during the role play. Talk about how the role-playing exercise improved their comprehension of the characters and ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions About A Christmas Carol Character Map

Do the characters speak to social concerns at large?

Yes, numerous facets of Victorian society are represented by the characters. Scrooge represents materialism and greed, whereas Bob Cratchit stands for the underprivileged working class. Their interactions show the inequalities in society.

What is Tiny Tim’s contribution to the story?

The youngest son of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, stands for helplessness and fragility. His frail condition acts as a turning point in Scrooge's character development and emphasizes concepts of compassion and empathy.

What part does Jacob Marley play in the narrative?

Scrooge's departed business colleague Jacob Marley is doomed to roam as a tortured ghost. He initiates the story's events and forewarns Scrooge of the effects of his miserly habits. He serves as a lesson for Scrooge and warns him of his miserable future if he does not correct his course.

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