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Due date: December 10, 7pm
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Staves 3 and 4.
"The Little Match Girl" by Hans Christian Andersen
"Christmas Bells" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Create an illustration of the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Use whatever medium you like, but please use unlined paper so that your scans or photographs are easier to see on the computer. Use details from the story to create a physical representation of the characters. You guys did a great job last week with Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Past! Keep it coming.
Using this sheet music (or any other you find that you like) play "Christmas Bells" on the instrument of your choice. Create a recording and post it.
Read this article about Charles Dickens. Also watch the two-minute video embedded in the page. Now write a 100 word essay about Charles Dickens' life, focusing on that part of his life which may have influenced his writing about the poor: his experiences with working in a factory while his father was in prison. How do you think that affected his later writing? If he hadn't had these experiences as a child, do you think he would have had the same desire to write about and expose the hardships of the poor in Victorian England?
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This week's quiz is a vocabulary word. I'll give you the word and the sentence it is found in. You tell me what you think it means from the context, and then look it up and see if you're right. So your quiz should look like this:
1. Prodigiously. "Awaking in the middle of a prodigiously tough snore, and sitting up in bed to get his thoughts together, Scrooge had no occasion to be told that the bell was again upon the stroke of One."
Answer: I think it means intimidatingly big. The dictionary says it means impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous.
There, I did the first one for you! Now here's your quiz:
2. Capacious. "This garment hung so loosely on the figure, that its capacious breast was bare, as if disdaining to be warded or concealed by any artifice."
3. Ubiquitous. "Master Peter, and the two ubiquitous young Cratchits went to fetch the goose, with which they soon returned in high procession."
4. Penitence. "Scrooge hung his head to hear his own words quoted by the Spirit, and was overcome with penitence and grief."
5. Indignantly. "“More shame for him, Fred!” said Scrooge’s niece, indignantly. "
6. Imperceptibly. "Uncle Scrooge had imperceptibly become so gay and light of heart, that he would have pledged the unconscious company in return, and thanked them in an inaudible speech, if the Ghost had given him time."
7. Shrouded. "It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand."
8. Liberal. "“I always give too much to ladies. It’s a weakness of mine, and that’s the way I ruin myself,” said old Joe. “That’s your account. If you asked me for another penny, and made it an open question, I’d repent of being so liberal and knock off half-a-crown.”"
9. Foremost. "He thought, if this man could be raised up now, what would be his foremost thoughts?"
10. Intercedes. "“Good Spirit,” he pursued, as down upon the ground he fell before it: “Your nature intercedes for me, and pities me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life!”"
Super mega ultra bonus: Pendulous excrescence. "“What has he done with his money?” asked a red-faced gentleman with a pendulous excrescence on the end of his nose, that shook like the gills of a turkey-cock."