Horrible Harry & the Holidaze Novel Study

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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This weeklong cross-curricular unit for the book Horrible Harry & the Holidaze by Suzy Klein is sure to engage readers while teaching them about a variety of customs and traditions associated with winter holidays around the world.

As a companion to this realistic fiction novel, the Horrible Harry & the Holidaze Novel Unit offers a great opportunity to teach winter holidays while building reading comprehension and vocabulary skills.

The book focuses on five key holidays:

  • Christmas
  • Three Kings Day
  • Kwanzaa
  • Hanukkah
  • and Lunar New Year

The daily trifolds are approachable and engaging to prevent overwhelm. Instead of spending hours on countless chapter questions, students are guided to the heart of the reading and spend time really understanding the text and social studies concepts.

Your download includes:

✔Daily reading comprehension activities, vocabulary, and holiday-related prompts available in a student-friendly trifold format aligned with the book Horrible Harry & the Holidaze

✔ Easy-to-follow directions for printing and prep

✔ Instructional planning guide

In this Novel Unit for Horrible Harry & the Holidaze you'll find:

1) Student comprehension practice (up to 5 instructional days)

  • Each day's work focuses on a single standards-based comprehension skill
  • Short, written responses include opportunities to apply thinking to text
  • Designed with reluctant and struggling learners in mind
  • Built-in graphic organizers to support skill acquisition
  • Approachable questions help make connections & start conversations
  • No boring multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank questions!

2) Approachable practice with key reading standards and skills including:

  • Text analysis and author's purpose
  • Exploring how character traits are modeled through action and dialogue 
  • Making inferences and drawing conclusions based on text clues
  • Analyzing problems and solutions
  • Generating a summary of key events
  • Examining cause & effect relationships
  • And so much more!

3) Connections to global traditions associated with winter holidays, including Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Three Kings Day, & Lunar New Year

  • Text-based & holiday-related vocabulary
  • Understanding where, when, and how each holiday is celebrated
  • Connecting to geographical regions where the holiday is prominent
  • and a short writing prompt related to the holidays included

4) Teacher support materials

  • Unit scope & sequence lays out the day's comprehension & vocabulary focus
  • Answer Keys for all comprehension activities
  • Tips for preparation and implementation


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Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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