'Twas the Night Before Christmas Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through the house, we've all heard this phrase, but do we know the history behind it? This lesson plan uses an engaging text lesson and an activity to teach students about this epic poem and its influence on our Christmas traditions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the history and significance of Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • summarize Twas the Night Before Christmas


  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.


Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.


  • Paper copies of the text lesson 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Lesson for Kids
  • The quiz associated with the text lesson
  • A copy of book Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Paper copies of the text of Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Red crayons
  • White paper
  • Colored pencils

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