Christmas Reading and Writing Bundle: Holiday Activities, Assignments, Slides

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Christmas Reading and Writing Bundle: Holiday Activities, Assignments, Slides: Use this bundle of high-interest Christmas activities to engage your ELA students in reading and writing in December leading up to the break. With ready-to-use activities, assignments, slideshows, and more, you will be totally prepared to improve your students' ELA skills with a holiday twist!

What Teachers Are Saying About These Christmas Reading and Writing Activities:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was the BEST Christmas resource! My students highly enjoyed the ELA holiday lessons. Can't wait to use it again next year!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wonderful RESOURCES... I can use IMMEDIATELY! And very adaptable to meet the needs of a diverse set of classroom age levels. Awesome! I highly recommend it! :)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A wealth of resources. I will start this unit in the beginning of December. My favorite is the Christmas gift for a character in the story. You can use ANY story. Very versatile.

What's Included in The Christmas Reading and Writing Activities Bundle:

➡️ Editing Grammar in Christmas Social Media Posts: This Christmas grammar activity allows students to edit grammar, spelling, and punctuation in a fun and modern way! Students will have the chance to read some of their favorite Christmas characters' social media updates to find errors, correct them, and give reasons for their corrections! With fun illustrations and humorous social media "handles", this activity will give students something to smile about as they practice their grammar.

➡️ Christmas Around the World Nonfiction Articles & Assignments: Teach your students about how Christmas is celebrated around the world with traditions, practices, and customs from different countries with this ready-to-use resource! The countries covered are China, Colombia, Denmark, and The Congo. This fun and engaging resource is an excellent cross-curricular activity that connects well with social studies and exposes students to other cultures many of them may not be familiar with. Each of the texts has a reading response that asks students comprehension questions regarding the piece.

➡️ Christmas Nonfiction Reading - Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus: This resource includes a variety of activities to accompany a holiday non-fiction editorial response called Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, from a newspaper from the 1800s. 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." An editor named Francis Pharcellus Church wrote a response that sent a message of hope and addressed the philosophical issues behind the question. Included are a slideshow and resources to teach vocabulary, main idea, and creative writing.

➡️ Christmas Narrative Story-Maker Activity: Use this entertaining and creative resource to engage your students in writing a Christmas narrative piece. Students will choose from a variety of character traits, settings, and types of conflict cards to create a unique holiday narrative. It's a mix-and-match writing activity with a holiday twist that both entertains and allows students to practice important writing skills and work with different narrative elements.

➡️ Christmas Snowball Collaborative Writing Activity: The snowball writing method is a fun and interactive way to teach your students how to write collaboratively, and the Christmas theme makes it the perfect lesson for the week before the holidays. I can guarantee this will be a lesson your students will not forget!
  1. Each student gets one of the 30 pre-made worksheets with a different holiday visual story starter. They begin writing the story as Writer #1.
  2. After an allotted amount of time, Writer #1 crumples their story up into a "snowball" and throws it to the front of the room.
  3. Everyone goes to the front to grab a snowball and they continue to story!
This process is repeated one more time, then it is returned to the original writer for editing, revision, and final copy! Students always have SO much fun doing this, and they usually can't believe you are letting them crumple up their stories.

➡️ Santa's Survival Manual Writing Activity: This Christmas writing assignment has students take on a task given to them by the North Pole government: create a survival manual for Santa on his trip around the world! Students must complete a written plan for the manual, which will include 5 different obstacles Santa may encounter: inability to descend a chimney, waking a sleeping child, reindeer injuries, weather conditions, and sleigh malfunctions. This activity is perfect for students to embrace the holiday spirit, be creative, and practice their writing skills too.

➡️ Character Stocking Stuffer Analysis of Any Character: This activity can be used with any fictional novel or short story and is perfect for the Christmas season. The assignment has students choose stocking stuffers for a main character from their reading and justify their gifts using evidence and direct support from the text. Students love this type of imaginative activity, and it allows them to be both thoughtful and creative.

➡️ Christmas Narrative Writing Resources: Use this resource during the weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday to help students practice their narrative writing. Why not channel their pre-Christmas excitement into a fun but well-structured writing lesson? With interesting holiday-themed prompts, graphic organizers, and good copy pages, you'll have everything you need to help your students craft the perfect holiday narrative!

➡️ Christmas Figurative Language Assignments: Bring Christmas into your middle and high school English class while also teaching common figurative language and literary devices used in poetry or fiction. These three ready-to-use figurative language assignments include a variety of Christmas-themed sentences that incorporate an example of metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, oxymoron, or onomatopoeia! An answer key is provided to easily mark or review the assignments with students!

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