When I teach O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” I love helping my students understand all the ins and outs of the two characters: sweet, devoted Della and cool-as-a-cucumber Jim. The lesson starts with a day of close reading and textual evidence. On the second day, the students take their work from the first day and present it artistically. Alternatively, you could do this in one day of classwork and one night of homework. Enjoy!
This download includes
• Characterization instruction
• 2-sided student worksheet breaking down characterization with an emphasis on textual evidence
• Answer key
• CCSS alignment
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