Includes a full-text of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a modified/shortened version of A Christmas Carol, questions for both passages, and a STAAR-aligned connecting/crossover SAR.
Grinch: Handout the Grinch Pre-Reading Activity and initiate a class discussion over the questions, their symbols, and vocabulary. Have the students follow along with the text while playing the original cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Remind the students to focus on the Grinch's traits and how he changes over the course of the story and highlight anything they notice. Have the students use what they highlighted to complete the SAR. Then assign the questions. The students will need to use the text to identify literary elements and complete the questions. I require students to answer in complete sentences and cite the text where appropriate.
Christmas Carol: Since this text is longer and divided into 5 chapters, I have my students complete this in a jigsaw type activity. We read the first chapter as a whole class, then I group students and assign them either chapter 2, 3, or 4. They read the chapter as a group, annotate, and answer questions. When finished, they will be regrouped so that they are in a group with one person that was assigned chapter 2, one chapter 3, one chapter 4. Students will be responsible for teaching their chapter to the rest of the group and answering the questions together. Lastly, have the students come back in a whole group and read chapter 5 together, annotating and answering any questions.
Crossover/Connecting SAR: Students will need to use BOTH passages to answer the STAAR-aligned SAR.
My Perfect Christmas: Have students create their ideal Christmas by answering the questions. Encourage them to focus on diction and imagery so the rest of the class feels as if they are experiencing their perfect holiday.