Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: Improving Standards in English through Drama at Key Stage 3 and GCSE

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: Improving Standards in English through Drama at Key Stage 3 and GCSE

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by Charles Dickens, John Mortimer
     
 

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Perfect for pupils aged 11+, this play edition of Dicken's classic tale uses John Mortimer's much-loved dramatisation first produced by the RSC in 1994. It features an extensive section of classroom activities created by leading national experts in using Drama within English, Paul Bunyan and Ruth Moore. The scheme of work reflects all the latest requirements

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Perfect for pupils aged 11+, this play edition of Dicken's classic tale uses John Mortimer's much-loved dramatisation first produced by the RSC in 1994. It features an extensive section of classroom activities created by leading national experts in using Drama within English, Paul Bunyan and Ruth Moore. The scheme of work reflects all the latest requirements for KS3 and the new English GCSEs and is designed to raise standards in English and enable pupils to develop analytical thinking, independent learning and transferable skills.


Dickens' tale of cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge has delighted generations of readers. This edition of the National Curriculum recommended author's work provides an engaging, active approach to studying the Literary Heritage and developing a range of reading, writing and speaking skills. Combining Mortimer's acclaimed adaptation with expertly written activities, this is the perfect edition for classroom use.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408134870
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/22/2013
Series:
Critical Scripts
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens is a National Curriculum recommended author. Creator of Rumpole of the Bailey, Sir John Mortimer (1923-2009) authored more than fifty books, plays and scripts during his career as a barrister.
Paul Bunyan is currently Chair of the NATE Drama Committee. He is regarded as one of the leading experts in Drama in English within the UK and has delivered professional training both regionally and nationally. He is co-Series Editor of Methuen Drama's Critical Scripts series.
Ruth Moore is a Deputy Headteacher and is recognised as one of the leading Drama in English experts in the UK. She has delivered training to every English Consultant in England for the National Stratetgy and was Chair of NATE from 2000-2002. She is co-Series Editor of Methuen Drama's Critical Scripts series.
Charles Dickens (1812-70) was an English writer, generally considered to be the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and responsible for some of English literature's most iconic novels and characters. He continues to be one of the best-known and most read of English authors, with multiple adaptations of his work frequently being produced.
Sir John Mortimer, CBE, (b. Hampstead, London, 1923) was an English playwright and novelist, best known for his character Horace Rumpole, a fictional barrister who was narrator and protagonist of more than dozens of Mortimer's works. Mortimer used his own thirty years' experience at the Bar to create an authentic legal atmosphere in his plays. Other works include the autobiographical play A Voyage Round My Father, and the TV series Will Shakespeare (1978). Mortimer died in 2009.
Paul Bunyan is a Drama Education consultant with many years of school and local authority experience across all phases.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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A Christmas Carol 4.2 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 542 reviews.
Drake7137 More than 1 year ago
Do you celebrate Christmas? Well if you don't your on the same level as Scrooge the main character of A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens created a true masterpiece when he wrote A Christmas Carol, telling a story of a man who had to decide what is right to change his future. This fictitious story really gets the gears in your head turning. Scrooge is a very mean man in 1800s London. His business partner, Marley, dies at the very beginning of the story and later visits scrooge as a ghost. He tells Scrooge he will be visited by three ghosts. The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. They take him through different parts of his life. All three have different personalities. Charles Dickens gives great details of the characters without telling you directly. Throughout the whole story Charles dickens keeps you wanting more of the story line and makes sense with the book. Overall it's a great book with sophisticated words, and I would recommend this book for all readers.
WearingPlaid More than 1 year ago
I read this book every year around the holidays and really enjoy it every time. I have seen many versions of the story such as Scrooge and a Christmas Carol in movies but nothing beats the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enhanced means : Intensify, increase, or further improve the quality, value or extent of. So by an enhanced book they probably mean that it has error-text, no huge spaces between paragraphs. Stuff like that. It just means that they fixed it up so that you can enjoy it more. By the way, this is an amazing book. You should get it. Hope that i was of assistance to you.
Bobaloo2u2 More than 1 year ago
It was a nice holiday story to finish out Christmas season. What was really nice was being able to listen to the audio and hear the story behind the story.
ClaireAnnette More than 1 year ago
I love this book and the style of writing (Charles Dickens did, after all, write this in the 19th century) Eerie...and I was surprised by the way it really made me feel chills! But this book isn't just about the ghosts, it has a great moral of the story with a nice ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this enchanced version, added more insight about the author. Enjoyed this classic book very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The audiobook mentioned was a selling point for me. It isn't a file, but a text internet address on the very last page of the ebook that the nook does not recognize as a hyperlink. Apparently this guy Sam Ngo went and found the free ebook with illustrations and also found a free audiobook file on an archive website somewhere and wrote out the file's internet address on the last page of the book and epub'd it. You would have to look up the file online from your computer, download the audiobook and physically hook up your nook to transfer the file from your computer to your nook. So why pay this guy 1.99? Just go out and find the free files yourself. Probably deleting this. Oh and you have to laugh when the guy says "money back guaranteed... just email us" and then he doesn't give you and email address.
Roger15 More than 1 year ago
Just in time for the Christmas Holiday. We really enjoyed it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for everyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give the book 3 starts because the story alone merits 5.  The two stars I took away are because, while the book may be leather-bound, it is soft cover.  Nothing in the description had alerted me to this.  I have built up a decent collection of B&N Leatherbound classics and this is the first time I have been displeased with the quality of one of the books. I would still recommend buying it, but know that this is not like most of the other leatherbound classics.
queenvalerie More than 1 year ago
For as often as I've seen the movies, I've never read the book and decided that this was the time to change that. A quick read, I only 200 pages on my Nook, but I was enthrall end with each word and quite surprised by how funny it was! Dickens isn't exactly famous for his sense of humor but the warmth, compassion and empathy that you really only see all in a rush at the end of te movie, has a chance to build slowly but surely in the book. Do yourself a favor - pick this one up and read it. I'm sure I'll read it again every Christmas season.
pooh28 More than 1 year ago
I love the story Christmas Carol and have it in every media you can get by everyone you can think of from the muppets to albert finney, but had never read the book so when I got my NOOK tablet for Christmas and so this I said it time to read the book or at least listen and I did both and it is still the most wonderful story at Christmas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best christmas book ever its a great classic book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Introduction by Hal Moroz is a Blessing! It not only brings this wonderful Christmas classic by Charles Dickens back to life, it reminds us of the reason for the season! I highly recommend it to every family that wants to live the Christmas Spirit not only on December 25th, but throughout the year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you don't know about this book you should read it! It is full of christmas spirt and joy. Any kid or grown up will Love this book greatly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay but it was good over all. But it didn't really keep my atention at all, most of the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a really good book and if you are not sure about the qaulity of the book then dont worry it is good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it wss a good book. I liked him being good instead of bad aka Ebenezer Scrooge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Bah! Humbug!” Set in Victorian England, this classic Christmas tale of reclamation and redemption by Charles Dickens features Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter, greedy old miser, who is visited by the specter of his dead partner, Jacob Marley. Dickens skillfully weaves the story of Scrooge’s life through the visits of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and in the end we all learn that the true meaning of Christmas is love, joy, and brotherhood for our fellow man. Dickens is a masterful storyteller, and Christmas Carol is a masterful tale well worth the read. Rebecca E.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book Frightening, sadness, and calmness all at the same time. ;)
lani142 More than 1 year ago
Good classic read for the holidays. Love the linked chapter contexts in the front of the book.
Anonymous 8 months ago
AWESOME BUT THE MOVIE IS THE BEST PART!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats weird tell him to stop(unless yur gay or smth.)