Christmas Nonfiction Digital Assignments - Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

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Christmas Nonfiction Digital Assignments Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus: Use this digital resource to get your late middle and high school students in the holiday spirit. This resource includes a variety of digital 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.

This is a digital resource and students complete all the work on a device. This works well with distance learning, 1:1 classrooms, remote teaching, Google Classroom, or online education.

Included In This Digital Christmas Nonfiction Reading And Assignments Resource:

➡️ Teacher Presentation: Use this 16-slide Google Slides presentation to guide the lesson. The slideshow includes background information on the reading, prompts for each of the assignments, discussion questions, and more!

➡️ Pre-Reading Journal Response Activity: Students will write a response to the question: "How would you respond if a child asked you if Santa was real?" This will warm students up before reading the article.

➡️ Full-Text Reading of Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus: Share the digital full-text reading of the editorial by Francis Church: "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" for students to read.

➡️ Vocabulary In Context Activity: The editorial contains some challenging vocabulary, so this digital activity will help students understand it in context. A detailed answer key is included.

➡️ Finding The Main Idea Activity: Each paragraph of Church's editorial has a different main idea. This digital activity will help students identify those ideas. A detailed answer key is included.

➡️ Post-Reading Creative Assignment: Students will use this eye-catching digital template to write a narrative, using their imaginations and inferencing skills to create Virginia's backstory. They will consider questions like the following: How did her friends tell her there is no Santa? How did she come to write to The Sun? What does she do after she reads the editorial?

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