Thanksgiving Activities Nonfiction Lesson on Hot Topics: Black Friday

Thanksgiving Activities Nonfiction Lesson on Hot Topics: Black Friday
Thanksgiving Activities Nonfiction Lesson on Hot Topics: Black Friday
Thanksgiving Activities Nonfiction Lesson on Hot Topics: Black Friday
Thanksgiving Activities Nonfiction Lesson on Hot Topics: Black Friday
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This informational text lesson for Thanksgiving is ready-to-go to engage your high school students this November. With two texts, standards-based questions, and a text-based writing prompt, your students will be engaged, informed, and ready to debate!

Student Experience: The encroachment of Black Friday into Thanksgiving Thursday has been a trend years in the making. This mini unit is designed to get students not only thinking and questioning this topic, but also analyzing into the informational texts (charts, graphs, and opinion pieces) provided/linked. Students will create their own charts and graphs, discuss and debate, close read and analyze an article, and eventually write about their own stand on one side of the issue of dinner or deals for Thanksgiving.


- Teacher's Guide with complete lesson plan

- Super simple sub sheet

- Paired texts: Charts and an article to read

- Two choices for the article portion (for leveling, multiple classes, or just do them both!)

- Constructed Response prompt

- Answers

- 100% editable

Other suggestions: This mini-unit would work well for an ELA classroom, personal finance, social studies, or even a sociology classroom!

Classroom success stories from teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "This was an amazing lesson! It was perfect for those 2 days (Monday & Tuesday) before the Thanksgiving holiday. it was relevant, informative and spawned a terrific classroom discussion. will definitely be a tool I use yearly; thank you!"

♥ "Perfect for the 2 days before Thanksgiving. I will be using this lesson each year. Excellent resource!"

♥ "My middle school students became very passionate about this topic. Great way to keep kids engaged before Thanksgiving Break."

♥ "My high school students enjoyed it. It was great to be able to do something of substance right before the holiday!"

♥ "A great activity right before Thanksgiving Break. Gave my high school students a chance to consider their culture as it relates to tradition, value, etc."

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Updated 10/2017

Total Pages
20 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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