This activity is the perfect way to bring a little holiday fun into the classroom. Students listen to two very amusing podcasts of David Sedaris reading his best Christmas material: "The Santaland Diaries" and "An Animal Farm Christmas."
"The Santaland Diaries"
The abridged version used in this product is the perfect length to keep students engaged. Here is the short link if you'd like to listen: goo.gl/84Ckmu. Sedaris recalls his time as a Macy's department store elf named Crumpet. My guide questions focus on author's purpose, characterization, and theme.
"An Animal Farm Christmas"
This is Sedaris's version of a Christmas fable. A group of farm animals decide to do a secret Santa (goo.gl/PR1ZJK). A cheap cow surprises everyone by wanting to participate and insisting on having the turkey to give a gift to. In the end it turns out the cow knew all along the turkey was going to be their dinner on Christmas and that the cow wouldn't have to give a gift by selecting the turkey. There are a few other surprises and twists in the story as well. These worksheets focus on characterization, irony, theme, and allusion to "Animal Farm."
-Guide questions for each podcast. Questions are broken up by segments in the podcast and are labeled with timestamps so students can easily keep track of what they are answering and when.
-QR codes and short links on each worksheet for students to independently access the podcast if needed.
-Links to transcript if students need a visual copy as well.