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Compare and Contrast Holiday Activities

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This compare and contrast informational reading activity is a great way to fill those restless "lame duck" days of December just prior to winter break! Engage your Middle School Language Arts students while simultaneously broadening their horizons by discussing varying cultures' winter holiday celebrations.

Included in this .pdf file are three informational articles discussing the history of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas. Also included is a student graphic organizer on which students will keep track of differences and similarities among the three holidays. Students are also given the opportunity to practice their writing skills as they write two well-written paragraphs exploring the similarities and differences of the three holidays and reflecting upon respecting and appreciating various cultures.

What's Included:

  • General Teacher Guidelines and Instructions
  • Step-by-step Lesson Outline
  • Three Informational Articles
  • Student Compare / Contrast Graphic Organizer
  • Paragraph Writing Assignment

ELA Skills Practice or Reviewed:

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
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.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.


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