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Genres (Classic Victorian Ghost Story) - A Christmas Carol Book Club

Alaina Bell Gao
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Rising Star
Take a deep dive into the Victorian Christmas traditions that inspire modern celebrations, as you enjoy, discuss, and analyze the structure, characterization, mood, tone, conflict, and themes in Charles Dickens' influential novella.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
  • Students will gain a deeper appreciation of the power of an author's choices as they explore the figurative language, diction, stylistic choices, and structure of this classic novella. They will also learn to recognize and appreciate how much the author's reality shapes and enriches a tale by focusing on the historical context. Along the way, they will also discuss the characterization, tone, mood, allusions, symbolism, and themes.
Homework Offered
There is no reading requirement for the first class, but in the proceeding classes, the students will be asked to complete any reading that we do not complete during the live class. Then, they should write an answer to a focus question and post it in our classroom, as well as respond to their classmates' answers in our classroom. Reading Schedule (In-Class and to be Completed At Home): Lesson 1 - Stave 1, Pages 7-9 Lesson 2 - Stave 1, Pages 9 to 26 Lesson 3 - Stave 2, Pages 27-37 Lesson 4 - Stave 2, Pages 35-44 Lesson 5 - Stave 3, Pages 45 to 58 Lesson 6 - Stave 3, Pages 58 to 63 Lesson 7 - Stave 4, Pages 69 to 84 Lesson 8 - Stave 5, Pages 85 to 92
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
I assess reading comprehension through our discussions and the learners' projects.
Grades Offered
Grades/certificates of completion are only offered upon request. Please reach out to me when you sign up. Thanks!
A Christmas Carol is in the public domain and a PDF copy will be provided in our classroom.
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Joined January, 2020
Rising Star
Teacher expertise and credentials
Associate's Degree in English
Bachelor's Degree in English
Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an experienced Canadian English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience. As a dedicated, creative, gentle, and patient neurodivergent teacher, many neurodiverse learners thrive in my... 
Group Class


weekly or $200 for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
50 min

Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-15
2-6 learners per class

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