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Holiday Short Story Unit | Holidays in Secondary

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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34 pages
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This edition of short story units is created for the story of A Kidnapped Santa Claus. Celebrate the holidays in your secondary classroom while continuing to focus on academic reading standards. Bring a little holiday fun to your ELA class!

This HOLIDAY unit includes:

Author Study

At the beginning of the activity is a short paragraph that is intended to introduce the student to the author. 

Pre-reading activity

A pre-reading quick write will help set the tone for students to engage in All Summer In A Day. The question is designed to help students think about the anticipation the children are experiencing as they wait for the one hour of sunshine. 

Vocabulary Words

Five words from the story have been selected for further study. The words were based on necessity of understanding the story and the likelihood of students seeing the word again in other readings. Students will find the words in the reading, research the definition, and use the word correctly within a sentence.

Stop N Jot

This is a fabulous activity that helps keep students focused on the reading. There are two pages devoted to stop ‘n jot. At the end of each reading page, (All Summer In A Day is usually 4 pages long depending on publisher and number of pictures included in text.) students are to stop, think about what they’ve read and then jot down the main ideas, questions, thoughts and feeling they had as they read. Additionally, there is a space for students to sketch a picture to help them recall the story. 

Plot Diagram

To continue building on literature skills, a plot diagram is included. This could be used as an extension activity, whole class activity or independent work depending on the level of understanding your students have. 

Text Evidence

How does Santa respond to each Daemon that visits him and tried to persuade him not to deliver the toys? Students look for text evidence to complete the graphic organizer enclosed. 

Clarifying Questions

Students analyze the story by creating questions then using their knowledge of the characters, write a possible answer to the question. 

Discussion Questions

Six questions are included that could be answered based on student thinking but are intended to be small group or partner discussion questions.  

❄️❄️❄️A Kidnapped Santa Claus is part of the public domain. I’ve created a PDF version of the story which is included in this product. 

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Total Pages
34 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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