Christmas literature and literacy

From seasonal poetry and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to pantomime drama techniques and The Twelve Days of Christmas, this collection of literature and literacy-based resources is sure to get your class into the Christmas spirit

A Christmas Carol SoW

A series of lesson plans and activities focussing on Scrooge’s character throughout the novel.

A Christmas Carol comprehension

Comprehension and writing tasks including Martha Cratchit’s diary entry, Scrooge’s obituary and a letter from Scrooge’s nephew.

Christmas poetry

A collection of Christmas- and winter-themed poetry to use during festive literacy sessions.

A Christmas Carol context and gothic writing techniques

Introduce your pupils to gothic writing technique and the context of Dickens’ tale with these PowerPoint-based activities.

A Christmas Carol

An abridgement of A Christmas Carol from BBC School Radio – told in nine 15-minute episodes.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Encourage students to look at literary heritage and the key components of poetic form.

Introduction to A Christmas Carol

Activities to introduce students to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, looking at aspects of a Victorian Christmas.

A Christmas Carol summary

This PowerPoint presentation briefly summarises the story and themes of A Christmas Carol.

Marley’s ghost

Explore the beginning of A Christmas Carol and the appearance of Marley’s ghost.

Complex Christmas sentences

A festive lesson involving creating complex sentences and writing about a favourite Christmas memory.

Christmas shape poems

Lessons and activities on Christmas poetry, focusing on adjectives, alliteration and nouns.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Ideas for cross-curricular activities on How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss.

Christmas story activities

A PowerPoint presentation about the nativity, with activities for different parts of the story.

Nativity booklet

A illustrated story booklet which prompts children’s written retell of the Christmas story.

‘Twas the night before Christmas…

Pupils create their own poetry based on the style of A Visit from St. Nicholas.


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