Welcome to the celebration of Christmas through literature! This 48 page bundle has twelve 50 minute lessons and is designed to be taught in, of course, twelve days! Or you can pick and choose lessons, and teach only one or two. You have plenty of flexibility with this bundle. I have chosen a variety of works that range from old to modern, from somber to joyful, from serious to funny. Many of the selections are overtly Christian; many are a celebration of childhood; all convey the joy and wonder of Christmas.
The goal is to create a light, festive atmosphere while teaching literary analysis using wonderful seasonal works. Also included are amusing word games to keep things jolly and several Internet links to keep things interesting.
This is the schedule:
Day One - Luke 2:22-35, Pagans, Romans, Trees and Santa
"The History of Christmas Celebrations"
Day Two - "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity" by John Milton
"A Visit From Saint Nicholas" by Clement Moore
Day Three - "The Bells" by Edgar Allen Poe
"Ring Out Wild Bells" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Day Four - "Christmas Bells" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"In the Bleak Mid-Winter" by Christina Rossetti
Day Five - "The Oxen" by Thomas Hardy
"little tree" by e.e. cummings
Day Six - "A Carol for Children" by Ogden Nash
"The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus" by Nash
Day Seven - "Carol of the Brown King" by Langston Hughes
"Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" by Church
Day Eight - "The 12 Days of Christmas"
"Joy to the World"
Day Nine - "Silent Night"
"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
Day Ten - "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
"O Holy Night"
Days Eleven and Twelve - "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry
The "Student Handouts" include "The History of Christmas Celebrations" fill-in-the-blank notes, the "Literary Terms" handout, and copies of the literature with author bio or carol history and discussion questions. The teacher will use a copy of the student handouts and the "Teacher Lessons" which include directions and answers to the questions plus the Christmas "Word Games" section is included. The "Literary Terms" handout is to be used as a reference while studying and analyzing each work of literature. (The poems for Ogden Nash and Langston Hughes are not provided. The teacher will need to provide those.)
Remember, the teacher can mix and match lessons and teach less days if necessary. You can be flexible! First and foremost, remember to create a festive mood and enjoy yourself! It will be contagious!
Have a very Merry Christmas!
The Twelve Days of Christmas Literature by Bryson Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.