Christmas Writing Activities: Reading and Writing doesn't have to end just because it's Christmas!
Inside are 4 reading passages in a newspaper format. There are 2 articles about Santa being sick and needing someone's help. The students have to focus on the point of view of the editor (author) and the opinions of the residents from the opinion pages!
The skills sheet require the students to write about the editor (Author's) feelings about the topic using evidence from the articles and agree or disagree with the author.
-A second sheet on point of view requires the students to identify what type of point of view is being used and to compare it to their own thoughts or feelings!
-A third sheet requires students to explain two ways they would help Santa while he is sick.
Each passage (newspaper article) has different text features perfect for discussing informational text features in informational sources. There are illustrations and captions as well as large headlines, small print and subheadings!
To practice identifying and forming their own opinions, students have an extra Yes or No debate page on Christmas being canceled. This short passage is followed up with a scaffolded planner to prepare for writing their own opinion about the same topic.
Include are holiday themed publishing templates for writing a final draft. Each writing template has a pre-planning sheet for opinion or explanatory writing and one circle map for brainstorming ways to help Santa. I wanted to make it feel like the students were reading and article but keep it fun with a twist on Christmas.
There's plenty to see so download the preview above to get a glimpse of what's inside this simple, seasonal pack!