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When you think of Christmas, probably,the book which has been made into the most movie and television specials is,"A Christmas Carol".Written by British writer, Charles Dickens,he is considered one of the most famous writers of all times.Learn about Charles Dickens with this informative webquest.

Two quotes of Charles Dickens:
A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
What do you think these quotes mean?


1. As a young boy, Charles Dickens loved to read and possibly used books to escape a difficult childhood. In addition to Robinson Crusoe,what were two of his favorite books?_________________________How did Dickens use his love of acting in his writing?___________________________What novel was not completed at the time of his death?____________________Find the answers at this link:

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nterestingly, Charles Dickens wanted to be an actor. However, a very bad cold prevented him from getting his first acting job!Check the "Fun Facts" about Charles Dickens. With the publication of his book, A Christmas Carol,1843, what two things become popular at this time of year?_________________________________________Continue checking the fun facts and find the name of Dicken's family pet and its name.______________________________Find the answers at this link:BBC Schools

3. How did Mary Weller, a woman hired to care of the young Dickens,influence him as a child?___________________________His parents could only send one of their children on to higher education. Which child did they select?_______________While working at a factory, Dickens met a man whose name he used in one of his books. What was the person's name?_____________________Find the answers at this link:

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