Santa Claus and Christmas History Reading
This entertaining Common Core-aligned reading activity features a 1 page article on the history of Santa Claus in America. It explains how the image of Saint Nicholas changed from Europe to America and how the famous poem "The Night Before Christmas" and Thomas Nast's cartoons came to transform Saint Nicholas into the image of Santa Claus that we enjoy today.
Following the article is a set of reading comprehension questions that students can answer to demonstrate their understanding. An answer key for this is provided.
For more great holiday teaching resources, see this complete bundled set of Holiday History Common Core Readings
which includes this resource!
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