For the next two weeks, we will be reading and performing a Reader's Theater version of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol". Before putting our rendition of this classic "on its feet", we will first learn about Charles Dickens and understand the historical context of his story. Students will bring this classic piece of literature to life through characterization of famous literary characters such as Ebeneezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley. They will learn that Charles Dickens had many lessons to convey through his characters' choices, plot events and theme. The cautionary tale of greed and selfishness gives way to a bright ending of redemption and transformation, teaching us all that people are more important than money, and that love and a giving spirit are the keys to happiness. Students will learn that this story has "staying power" for a reason; it has influenced other writers and has become a part of our culture, language and moral code. It also aligns perfectly with our continuing cross-curricular study of Poverty: Steps to Opportunity, Choice or Chance.

****Students will also be expected to practice and memorize a script they have chosen as part of our Speech and Drama Unit. Students will be performing their scenes beginning Wednesday, December 14th.

As always, students need to be reading every evening for at least 30 minutes, and please check the Homework Calendar for important assignments and due dates.

Have a Happy Holiday Season! I'm so very lucky to teach your wonderful students!