Monday, December 17, 2012

Our little Dickens unit study


Today I finished reading Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life to the kids.  It's a nice biography of Dickens using his own letters and notes, and including quick synopses of all his books.

To go with the biography, we've listened to the audiobook of A Christmas Carol and watched several movie versions (lowpoint on the movies has to be A Barbie Christmas Carol).

We also had a fun conversation, initiated by the kids, about what Dickens would be surprised by if he were to time travel to our time.  Sadly, we all agreed that the way we treat the very poor and children is still not good enough, and we think Dickens would be disappointed by that.

Now the kids are interested in some of the other stories.  I think we may look into Oliver Twist and Ye Old Curiosity Shop next.

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