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Teaching Why there's no place like home for the holidays

Why there's no place like home for the holidays

While Christmas playlists often include cheesy favorites like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” there are also a handful of wistful tracks that go a little bit deeper.\n\nListen closely to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” or “White Christmas,” and you’ll hear a deep yearning for home and sorrow at having to spend the holidays somewhere else.\n\nStrip away the cursory Christmas rituals – the TV specials, the lights, the gifts, the music – and what remains is home. It is the beating heart of the holiday, and its importance reflects our primal need to have a meaningful relationship with a setting – a place that transcends the boundary between the self

Frank T. Mcandrew, Professor of Psychology, Knox College
The Conversation

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

What defines 'home'?
STANDARDS:
RI.6 - Author's Purpose, RL.2 - Main Ideas, W.2 - Writing informative texts

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

1,2
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