Charles Dickens: the name conjures up visions of plum pudding and Christmas punch, quaint coaching inns and cozy firesides, but also of orphaned and starving children, misers, murderers, and abusive schoolmasters. Dickens was 19th century London personified; he survived its mean streets as a child and, largely self-educated, and possessed the genius to become the greatest writer of his age.
Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, the son of a clerk at the Navy Pay Office. His father, John Dickens, continually living beyond his means, was imprisoned, along with his family, for debt in the Marshallsea debtor’s prison in 1824. However, 12-year-old Charles was removed from school and sent to work at a boot-blacking factory, living alone and earning six shillings a week to help support the family. This dark period cast a shadow over the clever, sensitive boy and became a defining experience in his life, and he would later write that he wondered “how I could have been so easily cast away at such an age.”
He grew up to be a popular and successful author, but it was the Christmas stories of Dickens, particularly his 1843 masterpiece A Christmas Carol, that rekindled the joy of Christmas in Britain and America. Today, after more than 160 years, A Christmas Carol continues to be relevant, sending a message that cuts through the materialistic trappings of the season and gets to the heart and soul of the holidays.
Preface to the Original Edition of
A Christmas Carol
I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly…
Their faithful Friend and Servant,
*Because Charles Dickens wrote such a long time ago, all of his works are considered “public domain” and are available to read for FREE on the internet!
The Creative Writing class has been assigned the My Future Novel Project, which is all due on DEC. 15 for 325 points!!! Click below to see the individual assignment details.
Examples of Book Jackets: CW- My Future Novel book jacket example 1
Example of Colored 1-page Illustration: CW My Future Novel colored illustration example
To help in planning your Future Novel: CW- Future Novel planning- Cinderella story plotline
Click here —Argument Paper- Qtr 2 writing assignment— to view the Argument Essay Assignment requirements and details.
Rough Draft due date (for Peer Review activity): Nov. 20 (for 50 points!)
Due:: Nov. 21 (100 points!)
Click here —ArgumentEssayPaperTypingFormatExample— to read an example of an effective argument essay, typed in the required format.
Click here–Using TEXT EVIDENCE overhead–to see how to use parenthetical citing in the example paragraph for “Using Text Evidence in Argument Writing.”
Can you believe it? The end of 1st quarter is fast-approaching, and that means lots of due dates! So just to remind everybody:
DUE by OCTOBER 18—
Your Qtr. 1 Reader Response Form(s)!
ALL make-up work, of any kind, from 1st Quarter!
*For those interested in extra credit: Read another book and do any extra Reader Response Form by Oct. 18 for 100 points extra credit!!!
It’s OCTOBER– my favorite spooky month! This is the perfect month for curling up with a great suspense novel! Speaking of suspense, what is the best suspenseful or spooky novel you’ve read in the past couple years? I don’t read super scary books, myself, but here’s some of my suspenseful favorites:
- The Ghosts by Antonia Barber
- The Hidden Staircase and The Secret of the Old Attic (Nancy Drew)
- House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo
- A Cry in the Night by Mary Higgins Clark
- Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
- Pelican Brief, The Client, The Last Juror, and The Rainmaker by John Grisham
- Fablehaven; the Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- Acceleration by Graham McNamee
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Half-Blood Prince /Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
- Tell No One by Harlan Coben
- Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
- Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
- The Rig by Joe Ducie
Have YOU read any of these books?