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

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

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



• A Google Slide to introduce the back story to the reading

• A pre-reading digital journal response

• Full text of the reading in Google Slides format

• Digital vocabulary in context activity (with answer key)

• Digital finding the main idea activity (with answer key)

• Post-reading creative digital assignment


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