I'd avoid doing this text altogether. I did it with my GCSE re-sitters (80+ students, mainly comprising of 16 and 17yr olds) and they just didn't get it. Don't show them The Muppets Christmas Carol either. It just confuses issues. Students will write in their essays about 'the bit in whick Kermit the Frog asks Scrooge to put some coal on the fire.' Some of the essays were terrible. One lad of ok-ability wrote 'Dickens tried to get the film banned as people were making pirate copies of the DVD' (I'm not joking and nor was he). Yes, I know it's the simplest story in the world, but... Anyway, I did the essay question: 'Why is 'A Christmas Carol often credited as helping to return Christmas to the levels of poplarity it had once enjoyed in England during the Victorian era?' (or something along those lines) but this easy-enough task was just much too much for most. It's a good one to get the social and historical stuff out (you can explore why Christmas celebrations were, in effect, banned, some several hundred years before and why Dickens wanted the festive season to 'return' to Victorian England etc - even though the ban was lifted around three decades later, we believe that Christmas became a very 'lowkey' festival in Britain for much of the 18th and 19th century). You can also explore the very idealistic way Dickens presents Christmas in the text (The Cratchet dinner party scene, the opening part where Fred goes on and on and on about how Christmas is a time of charity and giving) and I'm boring myself just writing this.... Scrooge and relationships is hard because, well, he doesn't really have any. He had one with Jacob Marley (personally, I think they were gay lovers), but that's about it. I suppose the term 'relationship' is a subjective one - A relationship of sorts exists between him and Mr Cratchet but they're not exactly best mates. I'd think on on this one Miss.