If you are looking for quick and easy activities that you can use in December to keep your middle and high school students on task and engaged, then look no more! Every classroom-tested lesson, designed to add rigor and meaning this Christmas season, in this bundle is standards-based, classroom-tested, rigorous, and grade level appropriate for high school level ELA students. This pack includes up to 2 weeks of materials depending on your class periods and how you use what's included.
Student Experience: These Christmas lessons and activities will inspire students to think beyond the hustle and bustle of receiving glittering gifts in order to focus on the moments and meaning of the season! Whether they are reading nonfiction and analyzing poetry, watching a funny holiday film, or researching different symbols of the season from various holiday traditions around the world, they will be focused engaged. This pack includes various levels of texts with appropriate thematic pairings, so you can provide your students with the best materials for them.
Surviving Christmas Pack Includes:
-- a nonfiction narrative essay close reading lesson using an excerpt from Dickens's "What Christmas is When we Get Older" thematically paired with the film Christmas with the Kranks based on the novel by John Grisham. Movie not included.
-- a paired poetry and info text close reading lessons based on Toms Shoes and the song and movie Christmas Shoes with real-world service ideas for giving. Movie not included.
-- short research media project and presentation on the symbols of the season, includes all seasonal celebrations
--24 Christmas song lyrics with figurative language, which are excellent for bell ringers, games, or centers that come in printable and digital Google format
This pack will help you SURVIVE the holiday season while your students THRIVE!!
Classroom success stories from teachers who have tried this resource:
♥ "LOVE this! This was a great lesson! My students loved this and I love the message that is taught. Some of my kids had heard the song but didn't know the meaning behind it."
♥ "This was a great way to learn the week before Christmas break. My students would come in each day excited when they heard the song on the way to school. It provided meaningful discussions with their family members."
♥ "Absolutely love this lesson. Had two student cry today when I played the song. Thoughtful and meaningful. Excellent. Another fabulous Julie product. There isn't anything I have bought of Julie's that hasn't been top-notch."
♥ "Always looking for nonfiction and holiday specific things. My students enjoyed what we could get to this year and I look forward to completing more of this next year."
♥ "Love your work! Always filled with alternate lesson ideas that gives me the ability to differentiate between grade levels. Awesome!"
♥ "Non-fiction work with a holiday theme made for some engaging discussions as the holiday break drew closer. Excellent!"
♥ "I use this bundle every year and it keeps the students fully engaged! Can't wait to use it again! Thank you!"
♥ "Great resource. The poetry was most enjoyable. This provided a high interest learning experience at the holidays."
♥ "I am always thrilled with the resources I find here! These are unique pieces with a different approach to Christmas lessons. Thanks so much!"
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