Language Arts with Dasher and Blitzen

December 19th, 2001 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Continuing with our Holiday Curriculum…

“Twas The Night Before Christmas” is the classic poem that is read at this time of year. We have several versions here — all of which have merit for Language Arts. While Clement Moore has been given credit for authoring this poem for years, there is evidence that he simply took credit for it and that the poem was really written by Major Henry Livingston, Jr. We have included a site that has more information about this controversy. You will even find a website recommendation for a Lesson Plan using this poem. Enjoy!

Recommended Websites:

The Night Before Christmas

This site provides the complete poem that you can read online or print out for use offline.

Recording Of The Night Before Christmas

At this site you can listen to a recording of the poem. Follow along with the words and pictures on the screen. Fun!

Animations & Music Accompany Text of The Night Before Christmas

This site offers a text version of the poem, with Jingle Bells playing in the background, and colorful animations that punctuate the text. Little kids will especially enjoy this one.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore or Major Henry Livingston Jr. ???

At this site you will find the complete text of the poem (with animated pictures) and authorship is credited to Major Henry Livingston Jr. There are footnotes explaining the controversy over authorship of the poem, along with links to resources where you can read further information on the research that supports the claim that Clement Moore took credit for a work he did not write. What do YOU think?

Lesson Plans for Twas The Night Before Christmas

At this site you will find a complete Language Arts lesson plan based on the poem. While it is designed for classroom use, it could certainly be adapted for homeschool use. There are activity suggestions for studies in parts of speech and vocabulary based on the poem — and even an idea for creating a “Mad Libs” version of the poem for students to enjoy.


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