'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Common Core Close Reading

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3rd - 5th
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If you are like me, you are always looking for fun, standards-based activities around the holiday season. There are plenty of great ones out there, but none seem quite rigorous enough for the new Common Core standards. So, I decided to create my own. With this product, students will read and reread the familiar Christmas poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Then, they can complete any of the eight Common Core aligned worksheets. Thus, students are still having fun with the holidays while meeting academic standards. Worksheet topics include the following: using context clues, clarifying meaning, text structure, using text evidence, determining theme, figurative language, imagery, explanatory writing, and poetry writing.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.


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