Holiday Christmas Activities Bundle: Close Read, Argument, Poetry, Parody

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All my winter holiday activities bundled together for big savings. Over 150 slides and 45 pages of material. Close Reading "Defending Scrooge", Poetry Analysis, Song Parodies, Argument Analysis "Is Santa Real". Read detailed descriptions below for this diverse bundle of holiday themed activites.


What's Christmas with out Dicken's classic "A Christmas Carol"? These close reads will examine two different perspectives on the character of Scrooge, and whether he was truly a villian or a practical genius. The new Common Core State Standards place a greater emphasis on critical thinking and implementing expository and nonfiction texts into the English Language Arts curriculum. Understanding the basics of analyzing the rhetorical situation, mood and tone, and author's purpose and point of view are essential to understanding nonfiction texts. This 4-5 day unit teaches the fundamentals of analyzing informational text with the unique acrostic "R.E.A.D.S"

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Close “R.E.A.D.S”
Recognize (purpose, tone, point of view)
Evaluate (support)
Analyze (rhetoric)
Develop (questions and judgments)
Summarize (the main idea of the text)

This multi-faceted unit integrates listening skills, reading strategies, and writing skills, as students analyze each of these elements to develop practical skills in analyzing nonfiction texts.

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Close Reading Guidelines and Activities Bundle

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Close Reading Resources

This Unit Includes
1. Common Core Alignment
2. Student Notes and Handouts
3. Teacher "day by day" schedule
4. Articles for Analysis
5. Writing Task and Rubric
6. PPT lectures to facilitate student notes (54 slides)

Unit Lessons:

Day 1
Active Reading and Annotations
Purpose Use the Active Reading and Annotation Handouts to teach students the fundamentals of Close Reading found in the “READS” system for analyzing informational text and the ICE system for taking annotations.
Introduce students to the “Close Reading READS Assignment” sheet and explain the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd read in close reading of informational text.
Use the 3 different “Determining Purpose, Viewpoint & Bias” handouts to instruct students on essential terms and concepts for their first close read.
1st Read “Movies vs Books” 1. Analyze title to make predictions 2. Underline statements that reveal the author’s viewpoint and purpose.
Day 2
Tone and Mood
Logo Review fundamentals of 1st, 2nd, 3rd read in close reading (READS assignment sheet), and review student’s annotations identifying the author’s viewpoint and purpose.
Use the “Analyzing Tone and Mood” handouts to instruct students on the essential terms and concepts surrounding tone and mood.
Have students complete their first read and look for connotative words and figurative language that establish the author’s tone in the article.
Explain the concept of Rhetorical Appeals and Ethos/Pathos/Logos. Have students review their analysis of tone and identify the author’s use of Rhetorical Appeals.
Day 3
Evaluate Evidence &
Worksheet Review the Facts vs Opinions handout and have students complete their 3rd read of the “Books vs Movies” article. In the 3rd read students should evaluate the details/evidence used to support the author’s viewpoint/purpose, and develop personal questions or judgments in the margins. Have students use their annotations to fill in the READS handout.
Have students complete another Close Reading process on the “The Great Book vs Movie Debate (Books Ain’t Always Better)” article.

Day 4
Writing Use writing task and rubric to assess students understanding and analysis of the articles.

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Christmas and the winter holiday season have wonderful traditions, including festive holiday songs and carols. This unique, engaging lesson plan uses favorite Winter holiday songs to facilitate students' understanding of parody and satire. Students will listen and sing along with classic holiday songs and then analyze humorous parodies/satires of those original songs. After analyzing other satires, studens will create their own parodies/satires of holiday songs to share with the class.

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This Lesson Includes
1. Common Core Alignment
2. Student Notes and Handouts
3. Teacher planning tool
4. Parody/Satire Songs for Analysis
5. Parody/Satire Planning Worksheet
6. PPT lecture and student notesheet

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Common Core Aligned. Critical analysis of texts is a strong focus of the CCSS. This mini-unit has a hilarious analysis of the question "Is Santa Clause Real". The lessons are designed with PPT lectures, student notes, and engaging activities to help you instruct your students to better understand and evaluate the fundamentals of arguments and persuasive techniques.

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Evaluating Arguments and Persuasion

This mini-unit covers topics such as: Facts vs. Opinions, Loaded Words, Tone and Mood, Analyzing Rhetorical Appeals (Ethos, Pathos, Logos), Elements and Structure of Arguments (Premise vs. Conclusion, Inductive vs. Deductive, Valid vs. Sound), & Analysis of Propaganda and Fallacies.

This Lesson Includes:
-Teacher's Guide
-Common Core Alignment
-PPT Lecture
-Student Notes
-Engaging Activities
-Close Reading Activities


Fun and creative Christmas and Hanukkah poetry activities. This resource comes complete with Power Point lecture, student notes, poetry analysis worksheets, and acrostic poem planning worksheets. After analyzing Holiday poems for rhythm, sound, figurative langauge, mood, and theme; students will use the acrostic "CHRISTMAS", "HANUKKAH" or "HOLIDAY" to create their own Winter Holiday themed poem.

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This lesson includes:
PPT Lecture
Student Notes
Poetry Analysis Worksheets
Acrostic Poem Worksheets
Total Pages
165 slides 49
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Holiday Christmas Activities Bundle: Close Read, Argument,
Holiday Christmas Activities Bundle: Close Read, Argument,
Holiday Christmas Activities Bundle: Close Read, Argument,
Holiday Christmas Activities Bundle: Close Read, Argument,