Holiday Activity Christmas Hanukkah Kwanzaa - Middle School

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This No-Prep, Print & Go Holiday Resource is the perfect way to engage your Middle School Students during the month of December! Students will learn about three cultures' winter celebrations--Christmas, Hanukkah & Kwanzaa--while practicing important ELA skills!

After reading three informational texts, students will compare and contrast the holidays and practice writing excellent paragraphs!

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: Christmas, Hanukkah & Kwanzaa
  • Student Compare / Contrast Graphic Organizer
  • Paragraph Writing Assignment
  • Grading Rubric

ELA Skills Practice or Reviewed:

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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