Students at Martin Magnet Middle School spent some time looking at Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this month.
As part of the NC Standard Course of Study, seventh graders were studying Dickens’ novel. Teachers worked together to build an interdisciplinary approach that immersed students in the Victorian tale over the three weeks prior to winter break.
Language Arts Department Chair Chris Iadicicco says the students read the novel, analyzed characters, plot, themes, and archetypes in the book.
Karen Wagoner, the Academically Gifted teacher, led a lesson with all seventh grade language arts classes on archetypes; what is an archetype, what archetypes are found in the novel, how are those archetypes universal throughout literature?
Choral teacher Ramona Jenner had choir members singing Victorian madrigals on Fridays third period, Dec 4, 11, and 18 at the seventh grade ends of the hall.
Band teacher Lou Ellen Wilson had members of the brass band playing Carol of the Bells for 2nd period on Monday, Dec. 14 and Wednesday. Dec. 16.
Seventh graders learned Victorian dances with Dance teacher Joanna Caves and performed them for the entire seventh grade Friday at the end of 5th period lunch.
Orchestra teacher Anita Hynus had the student orchestra strings section playing Victorian pieces throughout the halls.
Drama teacher Judy Dove helped dress carolers and staff in period fashion.
Visual Arts teacher Maggie Bennet’s students created Dickensian door knockers for each language arts teacher’s door.
Visual Arts teacher Lauren Fuller’s students created silhouettes of themselves as Victorian characters. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were prominently displayed on each floor.
Technical Theater teacher Kirt Landry assisted the seventh grade in theatre class viewing the film A Christmas Carol on the afternoon for December 18.
Magnet Program coordinator Lisa Thompson lay out Martin’s first ever Victorian Times newspaper.
The science department created a CSI scene, “Who Killed Scrooge,” in which students analyzed and conducted tests on evidence such as hand writing samples and fingerprints found at the scene and interviewed suspects. Faculty members dressed as characters from the novel and acted as suspects. Students interviewed the ‘characters’ in order to help them deduce the culprit.
During the weeks of study, daily announcements were made that pertained to the Victorian era; science and medical breakthroughs of the time, musicians and artists of the time, as well as literature and social and political happenings relevant to the time.
Iadicicco praised the staff and student body for their participation in The Christmas Carol study.
“To be a part of so many gifts and so much creativity is what makes my job so very wonderful,” said Iadicicco. “I could not have pulled all of these exciting events together without the marvelous ideas from and support of our arts department. What a great place to work.”