Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Introducing through ChatBooks the opportunity for students to chat (safely) with the characters from Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.  With Chatbooks, students can better understand the text and its complex themes by engaging with the characters more personally and interactively.

Chatting with the characters through ChatBooks will help students to practice their critical thinking skills as they analyse the motives and actions of the characters. It also encourages students to develop empathy for the characters and understand their struggles more personally.

Additionally, chatting with the characters can help students to develop their writing skills as they practice crafting dialogue and exploring character development. This can lead to more thoughtful and nuanced writing as students better understand the characters and their motivations.

Overall, by conversing within a safe and professional ChatBooks environment, the characters can be a fun and engaging way for students to learn about the many characters from Charles Dickens while also developing essential skills in critical thinking, empathy, and writing.

The Benefits of AI within Your Classroom

  • Chatting safely with characters from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth can benefit student learning experience.
  • Engaging with characters in a personal and interactive way helps develop a deeper understanding of the text and its themes.
  • Chatting with characters helps students practice critical thinking skills and encourages empathy.
  • Chatting with characters helps students develop writing skills by practicing dialogue and exploring character development.
  • Chatting with characters in a safe and professional environment can be a fun and engaging way for students to learn while developing essential skills in critical thinking, empathy, and writing.

Suggested Lesson Plan – A Christmas Carol:

Lesson Plan: Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

Grade Level: 6-8

Duration: 1 class period (60 minutes)

Objective: Students will be able to:

    • Understand the plot and main characters of A Christmas Carol
    • Identify the main themes of the novella
    • Discuss the importance of generosity, kindness, and empathy
    • Relate the messages of the novella to their own lives


    • Copies of A Christmas Carol
    • Interactive Whiteboard
    • Handouts for note-taking and activities


Introduction (10 minutes):

      • Teacher will introduce the novella and its author, Charles Dickens.
      • Teacher will ask students to share what they know about A Christmas Carol.
      • Teacher will provide a brief overview of the plot and setting.

Reading and Analysis (20 minutes):

    • Students will read an excerpt from A Christmas Carol.
    • As they read, they will take notes on the main characters and themes of the novella.
    • After reading, students will share their notes with a partner and discuss their observations.

Discussion and Reflection (20 minutes):

    • Teacher will lead a class discussion on the themes and characters of A Christmas Carol.
    • Students will reflect on the importance of generosity, kindness, and empathy in their own lives.
    • Students will discuss how they can apply the messages of the novella to their own lives.

Creative Activity (10 minutes):

    • Students will create a visual representation of one of the themes of A Christmas Carol.
    • They can draw pictures or collages using magazines or other materials.
    • Students will share their creations with the class.

Closure (10 minutes):

    • The teacher will lead a discussion on the importance of the messages of A Christmas Carol in today’s world.
    • Students will share their reflections on what they learned by creating questions for the characters via Chatbooks
    • The teacher can input questions, silly ones also, into Chatbooks
    • Students to analyse answers


    • Class participation in discussions and activities
    • Completion of note-taking handouts
    • Creativity and thoughtfulness in the visual representation of a theme


    • Students can write a letter to a fictional character from A Christmas Carol, expressing their thoughts and feelings about the messages of the novella.
    • Students can watch a movie adaptation of A Christmas Carol and compare and contrast it to the novella.