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

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.
Alaina Bell Gao
344 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 2 learners
60 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times


Sun, Nov 27

Nov 27 – Dec 19 (4 weeks)
Su, Mo
4 – 5 PM

Tue, Nov 29

Nov 29 – Dec 23 (4 weeks)
Tu, Fr
9 – 10 AM
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Class Experience

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.
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
A Christmas Carol is in the public domain and a PDF copy will be provided in our classroom.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Alaina Bell Gao
Lives in Canada
Let's explore the world through literature, art, and social studies!
344 total reviews
164 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an Ontario-certified (Canadian) English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience.

Teaching Style:
● Share the joy of learning
● Learn with my learners
● Welcoming class culture
● Patient... 
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