the-visit-coverWe are almost there. Soon it will be Christmas Break!

I know that everyone is excited, but we still have a few days to enjoy a sampling of stories about Christmas. This week we will focus our reading on several close reads about this wonderful time of year.

One of those reads will focus on the poem “The Visit” by Mark Kimball Moulton. This poem is the explanation of the origin of the classic “The Night Before Christmas”.

This is the information from Amazon:

In December of 1823, the poem now known as The Night Before Christmas was first published anonymously and has since become the best loved Christmas poem of all time. Now, for the first time in The Visit, Dinghy Sharp, a direct descendant of recognized author Clement Clarke Moore, shares her delightful story with us all, and reveals the history and origin of this beloved poem as it has been passed down for generations in the Moore family.

I am overjoyed about sharing this with the 5th grade at DES! We will also focus our reading on a certain green Christmas character. . .any guesses? Who, who, who in all of Whoville. . .might it be?

Homework this week: Read for AR Points