The classic response to a little girl's honest question has become one of the most famous editorials of history. It offers rich vocabulary and an argument for students to study and discuss. The study includes questions matched side-by-side with the text for close reading. Writing is embedded as well.
The study includes:
1. Text with questions in annotated style.
2. Defining vocabulary with questions to facilitate understanding of the vocabulary.
3. References to Biblical scriptures (as part of Common Core standards) with critical analysis questions.
4. One question using an archetype of a "veil".
5. Writing: Students must defend whether the author's argument was convincing or not.
6. Writing: Students discuss why they think Santa Claus is a powerful and lasting figure.
7. A copy of "Why I Believe in Santa Claus" (blog written by Leon Hale in 2007). Questions for the article accompany.
8. Writing: Why I Believe in Santa Claus (of course students may choose to write why they do not believe...)
9. Answer key as well as possible answers to discussion questions.
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus: A Short Study for the Common Core
by Dianne Watson
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