Christmas Reading Passages with Text Features - Printable and Digital

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6th - 8th
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  1. Plan some Christmas fun this year while teaching nonfiction text features and text structure! You and your students will love this fun set of reading passages about Christmas, which includes five nonfiction activities to teach the five main text structures and five more to teach text features - plus
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Plan some Christmas fun this year while teaching nonfiction text features! You'll love these Christmas reading activities, and so will your students. This resource includes five high-interest articles about topics related to the holidays, plus a page of comprehension and analysis questions about text features for each. Your students will enjoy learning fun facts about the most wonderful time of year while practicing text features, main idea, author's purpose, and more!

This resource also includes digital Google Classroom versions of all student pages! Find the link to the Google Slides resource on the last page of the PDF.

Need more Christmas? (Don't we all?) Pair this resource with Christmas Nonfiction Text Structure Passages!

Each of the reading passages includes a variety of common text features such as titles, subtitles, headings, pictures, captions, maps, footnotes, and more - and each one comes with a page of comprehension questions that go beyond identifying text features. Students will analyze why authors use subtitles, bold text, and footnotes; they will use headings to identify the main idea of different sections; and they will understand the importance of information in captions and graphs.

Here's a list of what's included:

- 5 original reading passages

"Why Christmas Is on December 25th"

"Christmas Cookie Hacks"

"The Little Book that Changed Christmas"

"Fire Safety: Holiday Edition"

"A Gift of Friendship"

- 5 pages of open-ended analysis/discussion questions

- 1 text features notes page that can be used for teaching or review

- Answer keys

I hope your middle schoolers enjoy learning about Christmas while they sharpen their nonfiction reading skills!

Answer keys are included for all worksheets.

Need more middle school reading activities? Try these:

Christmas Song Reading Passages

Winter Nonfiction Passages and Graphic Organizers

Ocean Nonfiction Bundle - Text Structure and Text Features

Weather Nonfiction Bundle - Text Structure and Text Features

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13 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.


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