Christmas Compare and Contrast

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SWABT: choose a country to compare and contrast American Christmas with. Note: if you have students who don't celebrate Christmas, there are passages included.

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Around Winter Break, my Response to Intervention students get a little antsy. They seem to enjoy learning about different cultures, though!


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It is almost winter break and it is nearly impossible to keep my students focused on reading.  So I created this lesson...

This site and this site are good for giving straight-forward texts about the various celebrations of Christmas around the world.

For my lesson, though I use articles about Christmas in Italy and Christmas in Australia

For students who have a really tough time with comprehension, I have them choose one of the articles and we read it as a small group. As I'm reading, I'm also thinking aloud about how what we know about Christmas and its traditions are alike or different than the text we are reading:


When we are finished, we fill out the Compare and Contrast Chart, or I may have the students do a simple Venn Diagram. Regardless of the format, it's important that students realize that we have some of the same traditions, yet we have different traditions--sometimes out of necessity.