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.
- 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:
- Reading Informational Text
- Writing Well-written Paragraphs
- Compare / Contrast
- Reading for Detail
- Summarizing Key Points
- Critical Thinking
- Reflection Questions
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