Before your pants are covered in green glitter and your classroom floor is littered with candy cane wrappers, make sure to check out these holiday writing activities!

Narrative Writing Activities

Possible Key Terms for These Lessons: dialogue, characters, setting, conflict, precise descriptions

  • Create a 5 minute paper slide video reenacting a scene from a favorite holiday movie using cell phones (How to Make Paper Slide Videos)
  • Mash up two holiday stories (what would happen if Frosty the Snowman met Rudolph?)
  • Write a holiday song/rap, listen to the classic version of Jingle Bells to get inspiration to change the words but keep the rhythm
  • Write a story from the point of view of famous holiday character
  • Keep a small moment journal over the break and make a Prezi to share when you get back

Information Writing Activities

Possible Key Terms for These Lessons: introduction, main idea, key words, supporting paragraphs, linking words, conclusion

  • Create a 5 minute paper slide video explaining a popular holiday tradition, use  holiday videos as examples
  • Create a Simple Show movie that explains 5 traditions your family has over the holidays
  • Research how certain holiday traditions began and present findings (for example why do people drink eggnog during the holiday season?!?)
  • Write a recipe for a holiday food your family has every year
  • Design your own Christmas card using other cards for inspiration

Persuasive Writing Activities

Possible Key Terms to Use with These Lessons: claim, purpose, audience, main idea, supporting details, evidence

  • Write a persuasive letter convincing Santa/parent to get an extravagant present for the class
  • Convince a skeptic why Santa is real
  • Write a letter to the editor convincing people Christmas is too commercialized
  • Write a speech convincing the owner of a toy shop why you would be the best person to take over someday
  • Convince your the principal to let the class watch your favorite Christmas movie the last day before school gets out for break

You should also check out these websites for more holiday writing resources…

81 Holiday Writing Prompts

20 Christmas Prompts from Rachel Lynette

Top 10 Family Reading and Writing Ideas for the Holiday




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