This teaching unit is for the short story "Hearts and Hands" by O. Henry. Included you will find prereading activities, an active reading guide, two fun and engaging readers' theater activities, a postreading writing activity, and a test. One of the readers' theater activities requires students to work cooperatively to rewrite the story as a modern-day updated script. The active reading guide in this packet will require students to complete a close reading of this story. It can be used as a whole class activity, or students can use it to read independently. The test has nineteen multiple choice questions and one discussion question. Answer keys and are provided as well.