Focus on the spirit of the season with a variety of engaging activities and lessons based on The New York Sun's classic 1897 editorial answering 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon's letter asking for the truth about Santa.
This resource includes the full text of the editorial, background information, and everything you need to integrate nonfiction reading and rhetoric writing with your December lesson plans, even with students who do not recognize or celebrate Christmas! This can easily be a 5-day mini-unit or you can pick and choose the activities you'd like your students to complete in one day.
-Pre-reading journal response
-Inferencing and text evidence
-Synthesis and symbolism
-Critical thinking writing activity with 4-point and 10-point rubric
-Foldable book with instructions and 7 additional text analysis questions
-Links to additional free resources, including a radio interview with Virginia O'Hanlon, photos and documents in the public domain, and a short animated film version of the story
-Learning Objectives and Common Core State Standards
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"A great Christmas activity, when the kids need to continue to work but want to do something Christmas related."
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