Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas is written by Rubin Pingk and is my new favorite holiday book. He is the author/illustrator and the illustrations are similar to graphic novels, which pull many boy readers into the story and are essential to this story.
To go along with the book, I have created a packet of before, during, and after reading activities that are aligned to Common Core Standards in reading, listening and speaking, writing, and language.
Before reading: background information, predictions, and a purposeful listening question
During reading: question with accompanying graphic organizer to take notes
After reading: revisiting predictions and purposeful listening question, vocabulary lesson, writing extension activity