Teach students how to summarize a holiday article using this GIST template (The Gist Template was modified and adapted from a lesson on the Read Write Think website).
Students will select and read an online article from either of the following sources (you can link the sites on your webpage for easy access for the students):
http://www.dogonews.com/search/Christmas (articles related to Christmas stories)
http://www.timeforkids.com/news-archive/all (mix of news stories some with holiday themes)
You can teach students how to use the “snap screen” feature so that they can view the article and the template side-by-side without having to toggle between screens to fill in the information (see picture below and 1 minute video above explaining how it works). Have students print or save their work for grading.