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Winter Wonders:
December Characters
To Remember

By
Constance D. Casserly

Supports Common Core Standards

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Teacher Notes: Winter Wonders: December Characters to Remember


The whole objective of this activity is for students to have fun showing their understanding of the
elements of literature while teachers retain their sanity during this month of emotional highs and lows.
Although I offer time-frame suggestions in these Teacher Notes, I keep them general. My classroom
colleagues should adapt this project to meet their needs and to address the needs and skill levels of
their students.

Common Core Standards for Literature


College and Readiness Anchor Standards
Reading: R1, 3, 7, 10
Writing: W1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Speaking and Listening: SL 2, 4, 5
Language: L1, 2, 6
Who: Teachers identify: grade level, ability levels, and special-needs students
What: Students will complete a fictional character-based project by analyzing a character of
their choice and focusing on the elements of literature. They will choose a character from
a December-themed story, movie or television show and reveal this character through a
visual and written assignment.
When: This activity should be introduced in the beginning of December.
Why: Students learn to fully flesh out the characters, from print and/or other visual
sources (movies and television) by focusing on the elements of literature. This
will show their understanding of the elements of literature as well as their
analytic and critical-thinking skills.
How:
Have students brainstorm stories, movies and television shows that are Christmas or winterbased, but are secular in nature. *Note: The characters from the Christmas story in The Bible
may also be used with school and parental approval.
Introduce students to project by handing out the activity.
Explain that each student is to pick a character from the given list, or to choose one of his/her
own with teacher approval.
Review the descriptions of the six project choices and the expectations for completion.
Explain what days in December class time will be given for working on the project.
Explain what students are to complete for homework.
*Note: The last two bullet points depend on teachers choices. Examples: Teachers could
specify a certain time: 20 minutes each day, just Fridays, or they could set aside 2-3 days for
completion of the project in class. Teachers should devise whatever schedule they wish. The
purpose of this assignment is to address the anticipation of the winter holiday/vacation by
keeping students on-task with a seasonal language arts-based project.
On the day this activity is assigned, teachers should tell students the day(s) each one will present
his/her project to the class. They need to explain what formats will be acceptable i.e hard-copy,
visually (on a DVD, on the computer, etc.) or both. Also teachers must clarify whether the
school, the teacher, or the students will provide the necessary equipment.
Teachers need to review the rubrics for both the project and the presentation.

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Winter Wonders: December Characters to Remember (200 points total)


Directions:
1. Choose one of the December fictional characters below (or one of your own) for your project.
Make sure it is one that you are familiar with. If you need to refresh your brain on this character,
you will have to read the story or watch the movie/TV show before you begin the project.
2. Next, select one of the six projects listed below to complete and to present to the class during
the two periods before the winter break. You will have time to work on this project in class on
the teacher-specified days, so be sure to bring any materials that you need on those days.
3. Tell students that they will earn 100 points for the project and 100 points for the presentation.
December Fictional Characters:
Frosty the Snowman Yukon Cornelius Abominable Snowman Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The Grinch
Little Cindy LouWho
Mayor Augustus MayWho
Max
Jack Skellington
Jack Frost
The Gingerbread Man Kris Kringle
Sugarplum Fairy
Scrooge
Tiny Tim Jacob Marley Ghost of Christmas Past
Ghost of Christmas Present
Ghost of Christmas Future
Ralphie Parker
Randy Parker Flick Farkus Schwartz
Kevin McCallister
Peter McCallister
Kate McCallister
Buzz Harry Marv
Scott Calvin
Charlie Calvin Bernard the Elf
Judy the Elf
Buddy
Walter
Papa Elf
Clark Griswold
Cousin Eddie
George Bailey Mary Bailey
Uncle Billy Bailey
Henry Potter
Projects:
1. Create a blog written by your character. Write five 300-400 word entries about any topic this
personality wishes to discuss. Choose a template from one of the free sites listed below, or find
your own site. You do not have to publish your blog, but can if you want. Be creative! This is
your time to share whatever you want about the plot, characters, theme, symbols, etc.
http://www.wix.com http://templates.arcsin.se/category/website-templates/
http://www.blogspot-templates.org/
2. Choose 15 items and a backpack or carryall of some sort that the character would use. Fill this
with the actual items, or draw the carryall and each item, or copy and paste pictures from the
Internet for the bag and the items. If the latter, list the sites that you used. Next, write a 300500 word short essay explaining what these items show about the character.
3. Create a fake Twitter account for your character (http://faketweetbuilder.com/). You must have
25 tweets (15 generated by the character that you choose and 10 responses from other
characters in the story). The tweets must refer directly to a character or plot point in the story.
IMPORTANT: make sure that the tone of the responses and what the responders say matches
the character who is writing the tweet. Each tweet is worth five points: 3 for the direct
reference, 1 for writing in the characters voice, and 1 for creating the tone that character
would present.
4. Create a fake Facebook page for one of the characters (http://www.myfakewall.com/). Refer to
the directions below for what you must include:
Create a Facebook page for your character that includes: (point values are in the parentheses)
Name of character at the top of the page
1 Profile Picture of this person (1)

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Information Corner/Basic Information


Birthday (2)
Religion (2)
Hometown (2)
Career/Job (2)
Friends Corner:
10 pictures of people that are/would be friends with your figure or who are connected to your
character. (20)
The Wall
Write 6 significant facts on The Wall. These facts need to highlight important plot events that
featured your character. Each comment must be about a separate event and include the date.
The comment can be from your figure or from someone associated with your figure. (use the
back of this sheet to write these) (30)
Personal Information: (At least 3 of each)
Activities (3)
Interests (3)
Favorite Music (3)
Favorite Movies (3)
Favorite TV Shows (3)
Favorite Books (3)
Contact Information: (You will need to make this up!)
Address: (1)
Phone Number: (1)
Email address (1)
Five photos (15)
Above and Beyond (5)
5. Create a web site that one of the characters might have made. The site: http://www.wix.com/
offers free templates. Include information on a minimum of four buttons; for example: Home,
About Me, My Escapades, Friends, My Philosophy of Life, etc. Be sure to give attribution for any
pictures/ information not your own.
6. Create a graphic novel with your character as a superhero. This must be 10-15 pages long and
show the characters and plot of the story in much detail. The reader must clearly be able to
understand the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How. The following websites offer
excellent directions: http://www.ehow.com/how_2085763_create-graphic-novel.html
http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Graphic-Novel
If you have saved your project on the Internet (#1,3,4 and 5) make it available to the teacher and
students. All projects must be presented in hard-copy, too. Figure out how to do this or ask for help.

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Grading Criteria:
A. Project Rubric
90-100

Points:____/100
80-89

70-79

60-69

59-below

Depth/detail of
Information
Artistic Element
Writing follows
class criteria
Evidence of
research or
gathering of
information
B. Presentation Rubric
90-100

Points:____/100
80-89

70-79

60-69

59-below

Speaking
clarity
Depth of
material
presented
Eye-contact
Followed set
time-limit
TOTAL: A+B=____ /200

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