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Reading Fiction: A Christmas Carol (the Cratchits at Christmas)

In this worksheet, students read an extract about the characters in the Cratchit family preparing for Christmas and demonstrate their skills of extracting and interpreting information.

'Reading Fiction: A Christmas Carol (the Cratchits at Christmas)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Understand Meaning

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Read the following extract from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It describes the Cratchit family getting ready for Christmas dinner. 

 

 

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Then up rose Mrs Cratchit, Cratchit's wife, dressed out but poorly in a twice-turned gown, but brave in ribbons, which are cheap and make a goodly show for sixpence; and she laid the cloth, assisted by Belinda Cratchit, second of her daughters, also brave in ribbons; while Master Peter Cratchit plunged a fork into the saucepan of potatoes, and getting the corners of his monstrous shirt collar (Bob's private property, conferred upon his son and heir in honour of the day) into his mouth, rejoiced to find himself so gallantly attired, and yearned to show his linen in the fashionable Parks. And now two smaller Cratchits, boy and girl, came tearing in, screaming that outside the baker's they had smelt the goose, and known it for their own; and basking in luxurious thoughts of sage and onion, these young Cratchits danced about the table, and exalted Master Peter Cratchit to the skies, while he (not proud, although his collars nearly choked him) blew the fire, until the slow potatoes bubbling up, knocked loudly at the saucepan-lid to be let out and peeled.

 

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Read and answer the following questions about what is happening in the text.

If you need to read the extract again as you work through the worksheet, you can click on the Help button above the question.

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