English: Festive language and literature lessons

Keep students engaged on the run-up to Christmas with these one-off lessons based on classic seasonal language and literature

Nicola Davison

Seasonal Christmas Poetry & Literature

Bring Christmas into your English classroom with these one-off language and literary lessons

With a packed curriculum, it’s sometimes hard to find time to both plan and teach seasonal literature. But this year it can and will be possible, thanks to the generosity of teachers (aka Christmas elves) on Tes.

We’ve pulled together a collection of one-off lessons and activity ideas to help you spread festive joy, while introducing or consolidating key learning about poetic devices, figurative language and much more.

KS3

Gift of the Magi PowerPoint
Happyedugator

Gift of the Magi PowerPoint

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The Gift of the Magi PowerPoint. Animated PowerPoint on The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, a classic Christmas story that is a good resource for the holidays. Focus on figurative language. Complete lesson with before, during, and after reading activities. Includes background information about the aut...
Christmas Poetry! Techniques and Devices!
aisling1967

Christmas Poetry! Techniques and Devices!

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This is a fun resource to explore poetry and some of the techniques used in literature and encourage pupils to write their own poems and storyboard a famous Christmas poem. Use around Christmas time with classes.

KS4

Christmas AQA English Language Paper 2
EnglishGCSEcouk

Christmas AQA English Language Paper 2

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A fully differentiated and resourced lesson that supports both KS3 and KS4 students as they begin working on AQA English Language Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, with a focus on Q1 and Q2. With a Christmas theme throughout the lesson, this is ideal for students as we quickly approach ...
Christmas Descriptive Writing Zooming In
EnglishGCSEcouk

Christmas Descriptive Writing Zooming In

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A fully differentiated and resourced lesson with a Christmas or Festive theme that supports both KS3 and KS4 students in zooming in on images and using this skill to improve their descriptive writing. Ideal preparation for students working towards AQA English Language Paper 1 Section B. **Check out...