Christmas Activities: Middle School & High School 12 Reading Activities

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My students had a lot of fun with these activities, and they stayed engaged during the pre-Christmas chaos! Thank you!
This was a fun way to teach the standards my students need. It was easy instructions for me to teach the skills to my kids.
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The 12 days of Christmas? For teachers, the days leading up to winter break can feel more like the 12 days of distraction. Your students are excited for the holidays coming up, and it can be hard to help them feel motivated to engage in ELA  learning and practice. But don’t worry -- the answer lies in some holiday-themed activities that are as fun as they are rigorous. You really can hit your learning standards in the weeks before Christmas, and this resource can help! (And the bonus? We know you’re excited for the break, too! Watching your students having fun and learning will give you the boost you need to love your job even in this difficult month!) 

This Christmas Reading & Writing Activities for Middle School and High School Students unit includes 12 different reading and writing Christmas activities that can be used with ANY unit of study! All activities are evidence-based activities that are entertaining, challenging, and engaging! These activities will get your students to THINK while having fun learning. And they’re all planned out for you, so you can use your usual after-school planning time to get home earlier each day and enjoy some pre-holiday festivities with your loved ones (or take a nap). 


  • Letter to Santa 
    • Focuses on characterization and point of view
  • Twelve Days of Christmas
    • Focuses on characterization
  • Snow Globe Setting 
    • Focuses on setting
  • Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree 
    • Focuses on characterization and symbolism
  • Determining Central Idea 
    • Focuses on main idea and plot summary
  • Snowflake Activity 
    • Focuses on characterization
  • Christmas Bells Activity 
    • Focuses on main idea and theme
  • Vocabulary Cookie Sheet 
    • Focuses on vocabulary development
  • Meaningful Quote Activity
    • Focuses on main idea and theme
  • Christmas Acrostics 
    • Focuses on characterization
  • Point of View Candy Canes 
    • Focuses on point of view
  • Stocking Filled with Plot 
    • Focuses on plot, analysis, and comparison
  • Digital Version
    • Remote learners don’t have to miss out on the fun! This digital version guides students through the same lessons and activities. It’s also great for giving to students who have been absent and missed lessons.


- Gingerbread House for Sale - Descriptive Writing Activity

- Christmas Narrative Writing Unit for Middle School

- Complete Christmas Unit - "The Gift of the Magi"

- Christmas Countdown Daily Writing Prompts

- Christmas Whiteout Poetry Activity

- 24 Winter Writing Prompts

- Holiday Gift Tags

- 6 Christmas Reading and Writing Resources Bundle

- FREE Christmas Activities Resource for Middle School & High School

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.


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