This download includes unit 2 of the Reading Through History Christmas series. This unit includes the origins and stories of Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman. Each individual lesson traces the lineage of the character and describes how they became an essential part of the Christmas holiday and broader culture. For each lesson, a series of Common Core reading comprehension questions are included, along with guided reading activities, vocabulary objectives, and a constructed response question. Common Core objectives include Key Ideas, Range of Reading, Key Ideas and Details, Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity, Phonics and Word Recognition, Writing, and Fluency. The packet includes everything a social studies or reading teacher would need to cover three 1 hour segments of class.
Disclaimer* - While I have never had an issue with this before, there are lessons in this bundle that cover the history of the evolution of the characters Santa Claus and Rudolph. When the lessons were prepared, I did reason out in my mind what response I would have if a student (who was a believer) asked about the information. My response would be that Santa is so much of a mystery, that these authors and song writers constructed the stories to explain St. Nicholas and the clues/hints they observed. As I said, I have never had an issue with it before, but most teachers do have those highly intuitive students from time to time. I would suggest examining the Santa Claus and Rudolph lessons and gauging them with what you know of your students. My response on the Rudolph lesson would be the same. The author was attempting to explain the red light in the sky. We would never want to dash any child's imagination or place any teacher in an awkward or uncomfortable situation.
The entire Christmas series is available for purchase as one bundle here: History of Christmas Bundle
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