Struggling to find a good short story for Thanksgiving to use with your Middle School students? "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen" by O. Henry is what you are looking for and these scaffolded and easy-to-use activities will keep your students engaged and give you a break from planning!
Now you can celebrate the season while teaching the important skills of:
✔️ The public domain text of "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen" by O. Henry in 5 "chunks" with numbered paragraphs.
✔️ A story event summary graphic organizer
✔️ Questions for each chunk with an interactive notebook foldable
✔️ Vocabulary for each chunk with an interactive notebook foldable
✔️ Irony foldable
✔️ Irony game
✔️ TWO Illustration activities based on textual evidence
✔️ Graphic Organizers for Pre-writing AND Outlining
✔️ Rubric for paragraph writing
✔️ Final copy paper
✔️ Answer keys
✔️ Final assessment
✔️ Digital drag and drop vocabulary
✔️ Digital chunked text
✔️ Digital question sheets
✔️ Digital summary organizer
✔️ Digital irony practice
✔️ Digital writing organizers
✔️ Digital assessment using a Google Form
✔️ Teacher's Guide for the digital version with directions and links to share on any learning management system such as Google Classroom, Canvas, and more!
of interactive notebook foldables and activities are ready to go in printable AND digital form!
>> EDITABLE Lesson Plans included! <<
Please check out both of the previews for a closer look!
TEACHERS LIKE YOU SAID...
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Virginia said “I love that this is chunked. I teach many ELL and LD (and both) students in one of my classes, and this lesson plan is set up with tons of resources and parsed out in manageable chunks for struggling readers. There is plenty of flexibility to speed up the lessons and to easily choose what aligns with your own teaching and foci for the "unit." Thank you!”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Denise said “This is an excellent resource! My students enjoyed the short story. The resources allowed me to expand their vocabulary and expose them to a higher level of literacy.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Mrs. Spangler said "My own middle school students enjoyed this unit because we read only one part of the story per day which made it more manageable for them. This also gave us a way to discuss, predict, and of course, enjoy the story! Plus, they really enjoyed interactive notebook foldables and/or digital drag and drop activities!" :)
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
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