The Pickwick Papers Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan provides you with a lesson quiz, vocabulary terms, warm-up questions, discussion topics, and an activity that will help students learn more about The Pickwick Papers.

Learning Objectives

Once students have finished this lesson, they should be able to:

  • identify who Charles Dickens was
  • list some of his most important works
  • summarize the characters and events of The Pickwick Papers


1-2 hours


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.7

Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person's life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Warm Up

To get a feel for how well-versed students are with this lesson's topics, ask them:

  • Who is Charles Dickens?
  • Can you name some of Dicken's most famous works?
  • Has anyone heard of the Pickwick Papers?

Key Vocabulary

Write down the following vocabulary words and their definition on the class board for everyone to see. Have the students copy this as you go along. Tell them to ask questions if they don't understand something as you do this. All of this will help prep them for the discussion and activity to come.

  • Victorian Period
  • Charles Dickens
  • The Pickwick Papers
  • Pickwick Club

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