Holiday Writing: Packing Crates

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Students will consider what makes something a "holiday photo" and then write a short, structured poem.

This photo, titled "Christmas Gifts" was taken in 1914. It shows Americans packing gifts to send to children in Europe who are affected by World War I.


  1. First, students will simply look at the photo, noting interesting details that pop out to them.
  2. Then, they'll consider how this photo is both a strange example of a holiday photo, but also a perfect example.
  3. They'll write a draft of a five line, structured poem about this photo.
  4. Finally, they'll revise their writing and add some sizzle.


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