CHRISTMAS NON-FICTION: Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

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Use this resource to get your middle and high school students in the holiday spirit. This resource includes a variety of activities to accompany a holiday non-fiction editorial response in a newspaper from the 1800's. 

In 1897, Virginia O’Hanlon had begun to doubt there was a Santa Claus, because her friends had told her that he did not exist. Her father suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time, assuring her that “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so. One of the editors, Francis Pharcellus Church's response sends a message of hope and addresses the philosophical issues behind the question.



• A Powerpoint slide to introduce the back story to the reading

• A pre-reading journal response

• Full text of the reading

• Vocabulary in context activity (with answer key)

• Finding the main idea activity (with answer key)

• Post-reading creative assignment



♥ This will be a fun activity to throw to my expository writing class and keep them engaged with the December craziness. Thank you. 

♥ I love it. I always read this story at Christmas to my students. Now, you've given me wonderful resources to use with the story. Thanks! 

♥ This is such a FUN Christmas resource! This will be a great addition to my English class in the next few weeks!

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