Leo Tolstoy’s short story about the old Russian shoemaker, Papa Panov, is a classic Christmas story that is easy for students to read and to understand. It lends itself nicely to teaching literacy standards. It is a beautiful story of one man’s longing to give a gift just as the wise men did on that first Christmas.
The analysis includes
1. A first close reading with general comprehension questions side-by-side with the text.
2. A second reading with deeper analysis questions alongside the text as well.
3. A page of applicable quotes that could be used as a springboard for a writing assignment.
4. A writing activity using images from the story and explaining the role of the images.
5. Writing about the theme.
6. Answer Key
Papa Panov’s Special Christmas--A Short Story To Teach Literacy Standards
by Dianne Watson
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