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"Nicholas Was..." Holiday Analysis and Activity

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9th - 12th
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Learning Objective

Students will use textual evidence to analyze a short text. Students will use textual evidence to analyze mood. Students will write their own short story.


This analysis and activity for Neil Gaiman's "Nicholas Was..." is a great way to review, incorporate rigor, and add a twist to the holiday season!

In this activity, students will answer a few questions analyzing the deeper meaning and word choice of "Nicholas Was...". Then, students will use "Nicholas Was..." as inspiration for writing their own 100-word story.

This resource includes a teacher's guide (with links to the story and videos, as well as ideas for extension activities), a double-sided worksheet, and an answer key for the analysis questions.

You may also want to check out my Holiday Character Analysis Worksheet for ANY Novel. Each of these activities make for great reviews or independent literary stations.

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Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole and build toward a particular tone and outcome (e.g., a sense of mystery, suspense, growth, or resolution).


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