- Practice brainstorming and explanatory writing
- Participate in group discussions
- Develop presentations
Copies of the New American Holiday Creative Writing Prompt
Step 1. Ask students about the holidays they celebrate and what these holidays represent. Write their responses on the board.
Step 2. Explain to students that many countries and families celebrate holidays that honor their nation’s heritage, history, and people.
Step 3. Review the list and ask students which holidays honor the United States, America’s history, or Americans. Examples include the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, etc. Explain to students that other countries have their own versions of some of these holidays to honor their heritage as well, such as Thanksgiving and Veterans Day.
Step 4. Distribute the student activity sheet and review it with students. They may work independently or in teams to create a new U.S. holiday to celebrate America. Students should use the prompts on the activity sheet to brainstorm a holiday, as well as why, when, and how it is celebrated, etc.
Step 5. Once done, invite students to present their holiday proposals to the class. Write a list of the holidays on the board and then have students vote on which one should be added to the calendar of American holidays. Each student can cast three votes. Voting should be done anonymously. Provide students with a ballot or have them put their heads down and raise their hands as you call out each holiday name.
Step 6. Have students tally the scores to determine the winning holiday.