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Looking for something fun and educational to do in your ELA classroom before Christmas break? This three-page PDF file is a literature study of the new classic Christmas film, Elf, starring Will Farrell. The first page is a character study of the main character, Buddy the Elf, using a graphic organizer to list the indirect characterization components of the STEAL strategy: speech, thoughts, effects on others, actions, and looks. The second and third pages consist of thought-provoking constructed response prompts that require students to use evidence to support their answers to questions about allusion, conflict, setting, foil characters, and universal themes. This activity is fun, engaging, and encourages students to look at something familiar in a new way.