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December Holidays Lesson:
'Twas the Night
Before Christmas

 

Subject: Arts & Humanities
Grade: K-2, 3-5

Brief Description
Students learn about the history of Santa Claus in different countries and dramatize Clement C. Moore's famous poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas."

Objectives

Students

  • learn background information about the history of Santa Claus in different countries
  • learn about Clement Moore
  • discuss and dramatize the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas."

Keywords

December, holidays, Christmas, St. Nicholas, poem, Santa Claus, Clement Moore

Materials Needed

Teacher-selected Santa Claus resources or printouts from the sites listed in the lesson, student-created props and/or costumes

Lesson Plan

Suggestion: This lesson might be covered over several days.

Day One
Ask students to share what they know about Santa Claus. Read and discuss with students background information about Santa Claus from teacher-selected resources or from one or more of these Web sites:

Day Two
For younger students, read the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" to the class. For elementary students, have students read the poem aloud from teacher-selected resources or from a printout of The Night Before Christmas. Explain that a man named Clement Moore wrote the poem. Read background information about Moore to students from this brief bio of the author.

Day Three and Beyond
Tell students they are going to dramatize the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Let students work together to develop characters, a narrator, props, and costumes. Have students rehearse and perform the poem.

Assessment

Evaluate students' participation, performance, and cooperative-learning skills.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts:
NL-ENG.K-12.1
NL-ENG.K-12.4
NL-ENG.K-12.6
NL-ENG.K-12.9

Theatre:
NA-T.K-4.2
NA-T.K-4.3
NA-T.K-4.4
NA-T.5-8.2
NA-T.5-8.3
NA-T.5-8.4

 


Last updated 11/17/2011

 

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