This step-by-step 17-page packet offers students a meaningful lesson before they head off for winter break. Reading about the 1914 World War One Christmas Eve truce and other instances of shared humanity is a great way for you to teach some meaningful themes and skills during the weeks leading up to the break. Students are guided toward higher level thinking as they consider what we all have in common.
This packet has:
* an articulated purpose
* a look at basic human needs (with help from Maslow's Hierarchy)
* an examination of unexamined assumptions and biases
* clear definitions of terms
* a PP about World War One (build in the knowledge students need)
* explanation of how to read closely and annotate
* a great article about the World War One Christmas Eve Truce
* a follow-up assignment where students find their own articles on this theme of shared humanity
* a panel discussion handout with follow-up questions
Please feel free to add some music of the period:
"Pack up your troubles in Your Old Kit Back"
Lastly, consider bringing in an old, forlorn Christmas tree and makeshift menorah. Add flameless candles around both. Anything that adds to the mood works extremely well!