Bring some holiday joy and the true spirit of giving to your ELA block in December! This mini-unit explores not just the classic holiday story Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, but also the short movie version of the book Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, originally by Russell and Lillian Hoban and adapted for the screen by Jim Henson. It's a twist on the Gift of the Magi story and theme, and you'll absolutely fall in love with it if you've never seen it before!
Included in this product:
-2 different versions of the text of Gift of the Magi (the original as well as a version in more modern English for younger readers)
-a link to watch Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas online for free
-Critical thinking/opinion/extension short-answer questions for both Gift of the Magi and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
-A Venn Diagram to compare and contrast
-Compare and contrast short-answer questions to help students dig deeper
This mini-unit gives you the flexibility to make it your own, spark lively discussions beyond the materials included, and pace the unit to suit your needs and time frame. It also meets many of the Common Core Standards for Reading: Literature for grades 4 and up! Enjoy!