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Activity Overview

Making predictions about a story will engage readers. To make a prediction, students will need to consider the many elements that they have read already: setting, plot development so far, character actions, and character motivations/traits.

Before completing the story, predict how Scrooge's life will change (for the better or for worse) after his encounters with the three spirits of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. You may also make other predictions, for other characters; i.e. Will Marley’s ghost ever find peace? What will happen to Tiny Tim? Will Scrooge change his ways and find love?

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Make predictions based on your understanding of A Christmas Carol by creating visualizations. How will Scrooge's life change after meeting all three spirits?

  1. Use the template your teacher provided.
  2. Pick a character.
  3. Write your prediction in the description, based off of context and inferences.
  4. Illustrate a scene of your prediction in the cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Make a Prediction
Create a storyboard that shows a prediction of what might happen later in the story. Be sure to carefully consider context and character traits.
Advanced Proficient Emerging
Student made a very reasonable prediction based on known context and inferencing.
Student made a prediction, but it lacks strong connection to known context.
Student made a prediction based on nothing in particular.
The student demonstrated high levels of creativity. The student clearly made references​ back to the text using humor, wit, or other artistic means.
The student used some creativity throughout their storyboard. The student included subtle originality that showed understanding.
The student did not use much creativity.
English Conventions
There are no errors in spelling, grammar, or mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions reflect careful proofreading.
There are a few errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions show some proofreading.
There are several errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. Most writing portions do not reflect proofreading.

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