Guide Questions and quick opinion writing prompts for three nonfiction articles related to Christmas. The articles are quick reads and often take students anywhere from 10-15 minutes to read and answer the questions. Perfect as a packet for students to work on with a sub, as station work where groups move through stations with one article at each station, or as a quick activity to fill a bit of extra time.
1. The Elf on the Shelf is preparing your child to live in a future police state, professor warns
Focus is on how this toy is surreptitiously preparing our youth to be more willing to accept constant surveillance in the future. A great topic for debate in the classroom as many students have strong opinions about privacy and the boundaries of our privacy seem to be blurring quickly with technology and social media. Pairs perfectly with 1984!
2. These 2 Brothers Predicted the Hatchimal Craze In October, and Now They're Cashing In
Focus is on the ambiguous moral line of what is legal and what is right. Two brothers bought up all the Hatchimals they could find in order to sell them later at a much higher cost to desperate parents. Students are frequently torn on this issue since it is technically legal. Many students also have personal experience with this in relation to buying tickets to sporting events or concerts.
3. Economic analysis: Why should retailers be open on Thanksgiving?
Focus is on why the author places blame not the shoppers and not the retailers who stay open on Thanksgiving. Prompt asks student if they agree staying open is the right thing for retailers to do.