Christmas! Christmas! Christmas! Before Christmas, keep your students focused on the curriculum with "The Year Without a Santa Claus." This 15-slide PowerPoint will have your students taking notes, working in groups, and writing literary responses about this classic film. An example written response is included that walks your students through the organizational process so that even struggling writers will feel confident of their final product. This is a great idea for stand-alone SUBSTITUTE PLANS if you need to be out during the holiday season.
Due to copyright laws, you will need to check with your school's media specialist for a copy of the film or use your own. You can also google the movie to find the full version.
Visit Patten's Place for more holiday ideas using the following texts or films:
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER(students will find out how purposeful authors are in developing their story and in making character, setting, and plot work together to create theme.)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL(one product walks your students through a basic literary analysis; another product is a foldable/pop-up final project for the text)
A CHARLIE BROWN'S THANKSGIVING(writing a characterization paragraph)