This nonfiction reading passage discusses the history of this holiday tradition and uses TEI - type questions for student response.
Example of text from passage:
A Christmas tree is a tree that is decorated to celebrate the winter season and holidays. It is usually an evergreen that produces cones such as spruce, pine, or fir.
It is easy to see why evergreen trees became a symbol of winter holidays: their vibrant green color stands out among the other leafless and dormant trees in the snow covered forest.
Holiday trees were traditionally decorated with food such as apples and nuts. In the 1700s, people began to illuminate their trees with candles.
Christmas Trees Around the World
A chart shows the different tree customs of 5 regions
Skills highlighted in student questions:
Synonyms / antonyms, cause and effect, main idea / details, questioning.
Flesch - Kincaid Grade Level: 8.2