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Short Story Unit for The Elves and the Shoemaker - Holidays in Secondary

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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Bring a little holiday joy to your Secondary ELA class! This short story unit for The Elves and the Shoemaker will help you focus on academic reading standards throughout the month of December. Check out the preview.

A copy of the story is included - easily shared with your students.

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. 

Word Web
Students will recall prior knowledge of one of the themes of the story (suggestions are included)

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. 

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.

Reader Response Questions
Three questions are provided that require higher level thinking to answer. Questions are intended to be discussed and are based on student opinions and experiences.

Written Response
A writing prompt has been included for students to think about how the shoemaker and his wife felt about what the elves did for them.  

***The Elves and the Shoemaker is part of the public domain. A PDF version of the story which is included in this product.

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14 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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