Reading Through History proudly presents “The History of Christmas”.  This is the go-to resource for all topics related to the Christmas holiday!

This guide includes many tools to help teachers and parents facilitate their
children’s learning experience. It features historical lessons on topics related
to Christmas, including the origins of the Christmas holiday (both pagan & Christian), traditional foods, pageants, decorations, and Christmas songs. There are also units of instruction focusing on the popular characters of the holiday such as Santa Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty. The guide also highlights literary influences on Christmas, such as “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and A Christmas Carol. The History of Christmas provides a thorough examination of the cultural and historical origins of Christmas, which help students to gain a broader understanding of the holiday. Exercises in guided reading help to reinforce each lesson, while free response questions encourage students to consider each topic in different ways. Reading comprehension questions challenge readers to gain a deeper understanding of the material presented. Each unit also includes lessons which utilize maps, charts, graphs, and timelines.

The guide also suggests fun activities, recipes, movies, and music to help create the ultimate Christmas experience of for young readers.

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Christmas Origins:

This unit from “The History of Christmas” includes the stories of the Roman, Pagan, and Christian roots of the holiday. Each individual lesson traces the lineage of traditions and describes how they became an essential part of the Christmas holiday and broader culture. It contains 20 pages of student activities that involve: guided reading materials, constructed response paragraphs, and multiple choice quizzes to gauge reading comprehension.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (60 minutes)

This unit is available for purchase as a PDF download from Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.

 

 

 

 


Christmas History:

This unit from Reading Through History’s  “History of Christmas” includes individual lessons covering the stories of the Three Wise Men, the history of nativity pageants, and the story of what used to be celebrated as the Twelve Days of Christmas. Each individual lesson traces the lineage of the story/tradition and describes how they became an essential part of the Christmas holiday and broader culture. For each lesson, a series of five reading comprehension questions are included, along with guided reading activities, and a student response essay question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (90 minutes)

This unit is available for purchase as a PDF download from Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.

 

 

 


More Christmas History:

The next unit of Reading Through History’s “The History of Christmas” includes the origins and stories of Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman. Each individual lesson traces the lineage of the character and describes how they became an essential part of the Christmas holiday and broader culture.  Each lesson includes a series of reading comprehension questions, along with guided reading activities, vocabulary objectives, and a constructed response question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (90 minutes)

This unit is available for purchase as a PDF download from Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.

 

 

 


Christmas Traditions:

The third unit of Reading Through History’s “History of Christmas” series includes the histories of Christmas trees, lights, food, and cards. Each individual lesson traces the lineage of the tradition and describes how they became an essential part of the Christmas holiday and broader culture. For each lesson, a series of reading comprehension questions are included, along with guided reading and vocabulary activities, and a constructed response question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (120 minutes)

This unit is available for purchase as a PDF download from Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.

 

 

 


More Christmas Traditions:

The fourth unit of the Reading Through History’s “History of Christmas” series includes the history of the candy cane, caroling, Christmas decorations, and the holiday shopping phenomenon known as Black Friday. Each individual lesson traces the lineage of the topic and describes how it has become a part of the Christmas holiday and broader culture. For each lesson, a series of five reading comprehension questions are included, along with guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, and a free response student writing question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (120 minutes)

This unit is available for purchase as a PDF download from Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.

 

 


Christmas Literature (& More!)

This is the final unit of the Reading Through History’s “History of Christmas” series. This unit includes the stories of the famous Charles Dickens book “A Christmas Carol”, the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, and a reading assignment covering the origins and evolution of several of our favorite Christmas songs such as “White Christmas” and “Silver Bells”. There is also a section detailing the creation of the popular Rankin/Bass animated Christmas cartoons. Each individual lesson traces the lineage of the topic and describes how they became an essential part of the Christmas holiday and broader culture. For each lesson, a series of five reading comprehension questions are included, along with guided reading activities, and a student response question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (120 minutes)

This unit is available for purchase as a PDF download from Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.

 

 

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