The complete lesson plan focuses on the 10 most significant vocabulary words from the short story "The Gift of the Magi." It includes Common Core State Standards, teaching suggestions, a 3-page student vocabulary handout (as class work and homework), and a 2-page vocabulary quiz (matching, synonyms, fill-in-the-blanks, and writing two original sentences).
Using the handouts, students learn to make inferences based on the original sentences from the story, match definitions, make connections, and locate synonyms and Internet sentences. The lesson also offers additional vocabulary activities, including the study of prefixes and suffixes.
By using these instructional strategies, my students are able to internalize the words and correctly apply them in new contexts.