This is a great project for the month of December. Get your students working while still maintaining their excitement for the upcoming winter break. This layered curriculum is designed to get kids researching, explaining, reading, and writing about winter holidays. Then, students are asked to write a short story surrounding a winter holiday for which they may choose to either illustrate or create a performance. Students should be able to complete this assignment with one dedicated week of class time and homework. It could take up to two weeks. This assignment is designed to be very hands-off and work well with substitute teachers. A rubric is provided.
Feel free to alter this assignment in any way to best suit the needs of your students and your classroom.