Are your students getting squirrely? Is it becoming difficult to keep them focused during the holiday season? Try engaging them with meaningful Christmas writing activities that don't stray away from your curriculum and that won't take you forever to grade. In fact - you can give points for completion, points for improvement, give extra credit for finishing, or just conference with students orally regarding their responses.
Included in this fun resource are 7 different Christmas writing activities that you can use to keep your students writing in unique ways:
1. IDEAS: Get students to think about topic selection by considering their ideas for three different Christmas writing topics. Then, they select the one they feel they can support the best and write an argumentative paragraph. Scaffolding is included!
2. ORGANIZATION: Have your students approach the organization of a paragraph or an essay through the lens of metaphors. In this activity, students will explain how a gingerbread house can symbolize an essay. Get them thinking critically. This activity also includes a short writing extension.
3. VOICE: Voice can be a hard concept to teach. This quick activity guides students develop authentic voices for three different individuals who all feel differently about Christmas presents they have received.
4. SENTENCE FLUENCY: This fun exercise provides students with several different sentence fluency errors. Each example is holiday-related. After students identify the problem, they revise to make the sentences more fluid.
5. WORD CHOICE: In a creative writing activity, students create Christmas recipes for non-food items by focusing on language. They are encouraged to incorporate figurative language and use vocabulary intentionally to create a scrumptious recipe for love, joy, peace, or another abstract holiday noun.
6. CONVENTIONS: Like editors, students will read information about the history of Christmas, and they will identify errors in the text. As they go, students can color ornaments that correspond with their answers (green for correct and red for incorrect).
These Christmas writing activities will entertain your students, fill down time, and be perfect for emergency sub days.
Interested in other holiday resources from Reading and Writing Haven?
Figurative Language Music Inspired Holiday Bell Ringers
A Christmas Story Movie Guide
A Charlie Brown Christmas Movie Guide
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Guide
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