Our teen literature group is reading A Christmas Carol in December, and we will be looking at many literary and life lessons from the book. Charles Dickens’ classic is already familiar to almost everyone, but once you really start to research and analyze it, there is so much to discover that you might not realize.
52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol is one resource I’m using to gather information for the teens in our group as they work their way through the trials and tribulations of Ebenezer Scrooge. He is both a hero and an anti-hero, and though he isn’t the best role model throughout the story, he has so much to teach us. Author Bob Welch has compiled his painstaking research into Dickens’ world into this little book that takes readers on a tour of the important lessons from A Christmas Carol, showing us that this isn’t just a simple Christmas story.
Scrooge’s story is one of redemption, mercy, and deliverance. As our literature group looks at the elements of character, Scrooge himself reveals an immense picture of misery, fear, bitterness, loneliness, denial, regret–and hope. Scrooge’s journey is an example that God’s grace is never-ending, and it is never too late to change.
- Lesson 16: Life is best lived when you’re awake
- Lesson 18: Showing trumps telling
- Lesson 23: The past can be empowering
- Lesson 32: Death is a comma, not a period
The short chapters in 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol each tackle a deeper lesson from the story that Welch expands on beautifully with specific details from Dickens’ classic, making this book an easy resource to teach from.
“A Christmas Carol is, to some, a ghost story, to others a Christmas fantasy with a comedic twist. Some see it as a time-travel narrative, others as biting social commentary on ow the rich look down on the poor. It’s actually all four.–And more” (p. 4).
Charles Dickens is an author not to be missed in teens’ literature studies. As Bob Welch demonstrates in 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol, there are many nuances, truths, and wise words to learn from Dickens’s little classic.
The publisher provided a review copy of 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol.