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Introduction
December is a month full of holidays. Groups ranging from Germanic tribes to the Roman populace celebrated mid-winter festivals during our month of December. Most of them are linked to the winter solstice in some way, especially in the northern hemisphere. This is because on that day, because of the tilt of the earth’s axis, the daytime hours are at their shortest in the northern hemisphere, and the nighttime hours are at their longest. (In the southern hemisphere, it is the other way around.) And this is the reason that most wintertime seasonal holiday traditions have their roots in the northern hemisphere. December is a month with many holidays reflecting diverse cultures and ethnicities. How much do you know about the holiday traditions celebrated by people from DIFFERENT cultures?

 

Project

You will work in a small group to learn about a winter holiday celebration that may be unfamiliar to you. After researching your assigned holiday, you and your group will create a scrapbook to teach others about your holiday, using the information you’ve gathered. Additionally, you will decorate an area of the classroom with symbols and representations of your holiday.

 

Task 1- Research

Research a winter holiday celebration to find the answers to the following questions:

1.     What is the background and history of the holiday?

2.    What people or groups were important to this holiday?

3.    Where and when did the events leading to the holiday take place?

4.    Locate a map that shows where the holiday originated.

5.    Why is it celebrated?

6.    How long does it last?

7.    Are there any special activities or dress for the occasion?

8.    What is the "traditional" holiday feast? What foods do people eat at this time? Find some recipes.

 

9.    What are the customs, rituals, and traditions of this holiday?

10.  What symbols and decorations represent this holiday?

11.  What songs are associated with this holiday?

 

 

Task 2- Create a Holiday Scrapbook

Create a scrapbook to teach others about your holiday, using the information you’ve gathered.

On the first page, write a background article such as "What Is Hanukkah?," with the history of the holiday. Provide important facts about the holiday, such as when and why it is celebrated. Include the holiday name, date of the holiday, place of the tradition or holiday. Then create 4-5 pages in your scrapbook that illustrate the traditions, customs, history, rituals, people, symbols, etc. that are a part of the holiday.  

         Include drawings, pictures, holiday songs, games, cards, recipes, symbols, traditions, etc.

         Create other items such as cards and letters or other Holiday mementos you want to include in your Christmas scrapbook pages. Other details, such as funny or touching incidents that occurred during the Holidays would also add a personal touch to your scrapbook.

         Add captions for each picture or object you include.

         Include inspirational quotes or poetry about the holiday as well.

Color or decorate the pages with colors or symbols of the holiday.

Project Rubric

 

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Presentation of
 Studied Holiday
and
Evidence of Research and
Understanding

 

Shows very little or no understanding of customs and traditions.  Presents few informational facts. Informational facts are not clear or organized.

Shows little understanding of customs and traditions.  Presents few informational facts. Informational facts clear but nor organized.

Shows evidence of research and an understanding of customs and traditions. Informational facts are clearly stated and organized.

Shows a clear evidence of research and  understanding of customs and traditions.  Informational facts are clearly stated and well organized.

Creativity
on 
Scrapbook 

Minimum effort.  Scrapbook does not include evidence of holiday or is not imaginative or is incomplete.

Evidence of little creativity.  Uses some evidence of holiday but little imagination and may be only partial complete.

Displays effort.  Scrapbook is colorful, includes some images that represent holiday and is imaginative and is complete.

Very creative.  Scrapbook vividly displays a variety of aspects about the holiday.  Uses a combination of images and text to capture the meaning of the holiday and is an outstanding representation of research and understanding of the holiday.

Group
Participation

Not involved in any of the group's activities.

Slightly involved in the group’s activities.

Mostly involved on the group's activities

Equally contributed to the final project and all group activities.

Deadline

Project is not complete on the presentation day.

Project is completed by the beginning of presentation day.

Project is completed the day before all presentations are due.  Student is mostly prepared.

Project is completed the day before all presentations are due.  Student is fully prepared.

SCORE:

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