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Charles Dickens

About the Charles Dickens Lesson

To introduce Charles Dickens to the students using a short reading passage with corresponding comprehension worksheet.

• Students will be introduced to the life of Charles Dickens.

• Students will gain an interest in historical figures that have played a significant role in literature.

• Students will practice their reading comprehension abilities.

Suggested Grades
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Landport, Portsmouth. Charles was one of eight children born to John and Elizabeth. His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office. However, Charles father was imprisoned because of debt, so at the age of 12, Charles was separated from his family and forced to work in a factory. His work included pasting labels on jars of shoe polish. Those years in the factory were very hard on Charles and eventually became the inspiration for many of his writings later on in his life.




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