In this close reading activity for O. Henry's classic short story "The Gift of the Magi," students will use internet research to translate the dollar amounts significant in the story into their modern day equivalents to forge a deeper understand of the sacrifices made in the story. Next, students will use evidence from the text to see how story details relate to the irony in the story. Finally, students will tackle the concept of irony by developing a map of the situational irony involved in the story. All the hard work is done for you, and you'll receive a document that you can adjust to your specific needs. Answers provided!
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