This is a complete packet for "The Greatest Gift", a holiday short story by Philip Van Doren Stern, later used for the movie It's a Wonderful Life. The story takes place at Christmas but is more secular than the movie. The 30-page packet includes CCSS-aligned questions for independent reading or a read-aloud; vocabulary; a short opinion essay; a compare/contrast activity with the movie; interesting background; complete answer keys with teacher notes; list of CCSStandards; PLUS the complete text of the public domain story.
Virtually no prep! Ready to go for an engaging activity before break, for homework, extra credit, a center, literature circles, and more. Questions include literary terms, interpretation, personal connection, context clues and more.
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