David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Příloha č. 7 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens Warm-up - (5 minutes) Teacher shows pupils a picture of David Copperfield and asks them who they ...
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Příloha č. 7 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Warm-up -

(5 minutes)

Teacher shows pupils a picture of David Copperfield and asks them who they think it is, what is the book about, where is he going, why is he looking at the house, where is it? Pupils answer and talk about the possible story. Then teacher tells Ss that it is the story about David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and tells them the brief summary. “David Copperfield lived happily with his young, pretty mother and their servant, Peggoty. But then his mother married again. His new father, Mr. Murdstone, treated David very badly. He sent David to work in a factory in London when he was ten years old. Finally, he ran away to his strange, eccentric aunt who hated boys! What happen to David after that, as he grew into a young man, fell in love and met an old schoolfriend?”


Teacher explains the words servant, treated, eccentric. Servant – somebody who does housework for the family; the rich family had servant to cook and clean for them. Treated – to behave badly to people or animals; not to be good Eccentric – behave in a strange way; crazy

Pre-reading activities

(20 minutes)

1. Teacher gives each pupil a copy of worksheet with words related to the story. They have to connect the word to the correct picture. They should know at least ten words from thirteen. Then teacher helps them with the unknown words.

2. Teacher tells pupils some facts about Charles Dickens and the book. Teacher writes Charles Dickens’s name on the board with the dates of his birth and death. “Charles Dickens was born in 1812 in Portsmouth then his parents moved to London. He had difficult life but as an adult he had an international reputation as a great writer. In his books he writes about hard life of children and he used his own experience and so his main theme was children’s tragic destiny. Dickens called David Copperfield “my favourite child”. It is easy to understand this. David’s story is similar to Charles Dickens’s life. He also worked in a factory when he was a boy. He later became a popular author. At the time of Queen Victoria, Britain was a very rich, powerful nation, but there were big differences between rich and poor people.”

3. Because they touch the theme of working children, teacher gives each pupil a copy of a short description of “Child Labour” and they read and translate it together and speak about it. Teacher asks them what they think about it, if it was good or bad, whether they would like to work too.

While-reading activities

(25 minutes)

1. Teacher gives each pupil a copy of part one “My Mother, Peggoty and Me” and plays the recording from the CD while the pupils are reading the text. Pupils are allowed to consult unknown words.

2. Understanding a text – pupils get a short questionnaire to find out if they understand the text correctly. In the first exercise they should decide whether the sentence is right or wrong. In the second exercise they’ll read the description of people and they are supposed to complete the words for each one.

3. Pupils read part two “Mr Murdstone” individually, again they are allowed to consult unknown words.

4. Understanding the language – students get a grammar exercise for the past simple form of verbs and fill in the right verb in the right form.

Post-reading activities (20 min) 1. Talking about the story - teacher asks the pupils if they like the story, what they think will happen to David next, what he will do.

2. Teacher tells pupils to imagine they are working for a big Hollywood studio who wants to make a movie from the book. They must decide the location and casting of the movie.

3. Pupils get a picture of some characters from the story and they will write their names.

4. Listening exercise about Charles Dickens – students get a questionnaire. They will hear five short conversations and choose the right answer for the questions.

After part one. Are sentences 1 – 7 right or wrong? If there is not enough information, choose “doesn’t say”.

1. Aunt Betsey wanted the baby to be a boy. Right


Doesn’t say

2. Mr. Murdstone was a tall, strong man. Right


3. Peggoty’s brother lived in an old boat.

Doesn’t say



Doesn’t say

4. Emily was happy that her family were fishermen. Right


Doesn’t say

5. While David was in Yarmouth, his mother married Mr. Murdstone. Right


Doesn’t say

6. Miss Murdstone wore black clothes like her brother. Right


Doesn’t say

7. Peggoty didn’t like the Murdstones. Right


Doesn’t say

After part two. The past simple form of verbs. Complete these sentences by using verbs from the list in the past simple form.













1. Mr. Murdstone _____________ David lessons but David always ______________the right answers. 2. David ___________ Mr. Murdstone, who then _______________ David severely. 3. He ______________ David to a school near London where they _______________ a notice on his back.

4. Steerforth ________________ David’s money and ________________ food and drink for the boys. 5. David’s mother ________________ while he ________________ away at school. 6. David __________________when he ___________________the sad news. Listening You will hear five short conversations. There is one question for each conversation. Choose the right answer. 0. When did Charles Dickens marry Catherine? 1836



1. When did he publish David Copperfield 1837



2. What was the name of the character in his first successful novel? Mr. Fatman

Mr. Pickwick

Mr. Bigwig

3. Which is the second speaker’s favourite novel? A Christmas Carol

David Copperfield

Great Expectations

4. What kind of accident did Dickens experience? Horse riding accident

Train crash

He fell down the hill.

5. Where did they bury Dickens? Westminster Abbey

His house’s garden