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

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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).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


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