For this unit, which will split the 2015 and 2016 years, we will focus on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as well as Anton Chekhov's "The Bet." Both are fiction short stories and both will provide ample opportunities for rich discussions and acquisition of important literary elements.
A Christmas Carol will follow our Anne Frank unit and will be just in time for the holidays. Dickens' classic tale provides the perfect chance to discuss large, important issues such as greed, love, forgiveness, and living a healthy, productive life. Before we say goodbye to 2015, we will watch portions of the film (multiple versions) and we will have a brief quiz to ensure that students do not forget about what we learned after we return from our December break.
Once we return to school in January and usher in 2016, we will study Chekhov's "The Bet," another short story that tackles serious issues such as morality, justice, and society.
The assessment for this unit is one of the more challenging: an exam that calls upon students to recall important information and apply it to literary elements. The test will feature multiple choice, matching, and essay response questions.