This unit is packed full of reading, writing, and critical thinking in developing media literacy. Students will construct a definition of altruism using the Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. They will analyze media to determine whether campaigns and media attention distort the intent of the giving. This unit is flexible and allows for differentiation and extension. The topic of altruism and media recognition will spark debate and discussion in your classroom!
--Teacher Guide: A step-by-step guide to the unit including sample questions, discussion prompts, links to all media and research, and extension possibilities
--Media and Altruism Rating Page
--Rank the Media Campaign Page
--Suggested End of Unit Project and Rubric
--Suggested End of Unit Writing
--Includes printout of The Gift of the Magi, used free of copyright by Project Gutenberg