This close reading unit is designed to be used along with the short story Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. The close read follows a 1st, 2nd, 3rd read format covering multiple critical thinking and literature analysis skills.
This unit would be used to reinforce important techniques including: summarizing, text dependent questioning with extended response formatting, analyzing point of view, text structure, theme, and figurative language, and the task of literary analysis.
Overall, this unit would comprise a week of explicit instruction, guided instruction, and independent instruction.
The piece includes:
17-slide PowerPoint presentation with teacher notes and examples included
Read 1, 2, and 3 student worksheets with extended response and guided note formatting
Teachers Guide with CCSS alignment included
PDF of close read (Gift of the Magi)
Common Themes in Literature Handout