Monday, November 29, 2010

A story of Christmas everyone can share.

    Last holiday season KBN proudly introduced the original Dickens classic A Christmas Carol on the KBN website. Everyone loves this very special story of the winter season, so this year we're introducing it again – for the first time in our exciting live, on-screen bookcasting™ format.
    Now you can actually project the enduring tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Marley's Ghost and Tiny Tim right up on your classroom wall! 
    Everyone in your class can enjoy the story together – whether you choose to read it to them or they prefer to read it to you.

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was first published in a British newspaper, in a serialized format, in 1843. Republished here again on paper – in a "serialized," five-part format – our special edition of of the story was carefully prepared by scholars at the University of Virginia Library and has been made available to KBN with their kind permission.
   Teachers not familiar with 
A Christmas Carol may wonder if a work with such a religious-oriented title is appropriate for the public classroom. Happily the correct answer is yes. 

   It might come as something of a surprise, but the work is completely focused on the personal moral behaviors of the characters during a traditional holiday season of goodwill, and except for the title does not actually mention anything about religion – except, perhaps, the universal principle of charity and caring shared by all of humanity.
   The lively dialog of Dickens not only makes the story feel more immediate and personal to young readers today, it makes A Christmas Carol a wonderful work for students to share in the form of "readers theater."
    Our thanks once again to the University of Virginia.