I want Santa to

exposure to Christmas in a cultural context and to practice productive skills with writing

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Begin the lesson with side one of the worksheet which is the song “All I want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey.  There are 24 fill-in-the-blanks throughout the song. Listen once. Review the answers. Have the OTE  write the missing words on the board. After the review listen to the song once more. Since it’s Christmas I show the Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with classroom instruments and Mariah Carey live version. Link here <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWEfszb9h8Q&gt; (note: I don’t have internet connection in the classroom so I download the video from you tube ahead of time)

After the song, flip the page over or pass out worksheet 2. There are 3 activities on this page. First, there are 6 letters to Santa and 6 presents from Santa represented by pictures. Students should match 1 letter to 1 picture. Set a timer for 2 minutes. Review the answers on the board. My OTEs are great artists so they drew little boxes and pictures during the students’ 2 minutes. Do what works for your class.

Next, go to the “questions” section of the page. There are 6 fill in the blank questions the correspond to the 6 letters. Students should finish the sentences using the information from the letters at the top (ie. 1. Sarah wants Santa to bring her a new sweater). Set a timer for 5 minutes. Review on the board. My OTE writes the sentences on the board as we check each answer so no one falls behind.

After the questions, students should write their own letter to Santa using the appropriate grammar. They can also use the letters above as an example. Set a time for 7-10 minutes depending on the level. Collect the worksheets at the end of class and review the letters.

Junior High