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Christmas Story Studies

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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These story studies for classic Christmas stories include story questions and two additional activity sheets for each of seven traditional stories for the winter holiday season.

The story questions are text-dependent and focus on Key Ideas and Details, Using Context Clues, and Making Inferences. The activities include work with story elements including characterization, plot, setting, and theme, as well as vocabulary and figurative language in the stories. The questions and activities were designed specifically for each story. Check out the preview to see the activities for two of the stories.

The seven stories are:

The Elves and the Shoemaker

The Gift of the Magi

A Kidnapped Santa Claus

The Christmas Cuckoo


Christmas at Red Butte

Why the Evergreen Trees Never Lose Their Leaves

Each of the stories used for this resource appears to be in the public domain, and the full texts of the stories can be found online at various sources that publish public domain literature for free. The versions of the stories used to make these story studies were all found at Project Gutenberg. Copies of the stories are not included in this resource.

These story studies support a number of the Reading: Literature standards, especially those involving using text-based evidence, determining main ideas and details, using context clues, and making inferences.

For similar reading activities for classic middle grade novels, see the Novel Study section of this store.

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Total Pages
31 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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