This is a short story guide for the short story titled "The Gift of the Magi," by O. Henry. There are five sections, so the guide is designed to be completed in a week.
This classic story begins with Della despairing because she only has $1.87 to buy a Christmas present for her wonderful husband, Jim. O. Henry is famous for his surprise endings, so if your student has not yet experienced this story, he or she will be amazed at happens. If your student has read the story, the guide will be helpful to add depth to a rereading of this classic tale.
Students read an adaptation (The Gift of the Magi -- Adapted). After students have completed reading the adaptation, the teacher reads aloud the original version (The Gift of the Magi -- Original) -- and students compare and contrast the two versions.
The guide includes:
In this workbook version of the guide, space is provided for students to write answers.
The guide is also available in interactive format (space is not provided for students to write all of the answers): Short Story Guide: The Gift of the Magi Interactive
1) The content of the guide in interactive format and in workbook format is the same; the only difference is spacing.
2) The grades listed are 4rd through 9th, but the story is able to be enjoyed by all ages.