December Holidays Lesson:
'Twas the Night
|Subject:||Arts & Humanities|
Students learn about the history of Santa Claus in different countries and dramatize Clement C. Moore's famous poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas."
December, holidays, Christmas, St. Nicholas, poem, Santa Claus, Clement Moore
Teacher-selected Santa Claus resources or printouts from the sites listed in the lesson, student-created props and/or costumes
Suggestion: This lesson might be covered over several days.
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:
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.
Evaluate students' participation, performance, and cooperative-learning skills.
Lesson Plan Source
Last updated 11/17/2011