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The Gift of the Magi: Cite Evidence

The Gift of the Magi: Cite Evidence
The Gift of the Magi: Cite Evidence
The Gift of the Magi: Cite Evidence
The Gift of the Magi: Cite Evidence
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"The Gift of the Magi" by O'Henry: Cite Textual Evidence

A rigorous lesson for the holiday season in your secondary ELA classroom.

This resource is a complete lesson plan and student materials to help students cite evidence to support analysis of what the text says in O’Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi.” This lesson plan includes all student materials and an answer key. The resource pairs with The Gift of The Magi: Comprehension

This lesson should ideally be a second or third read of “The Gift of the Magi” and students who are familiar with the plot of the story and who have some experience citing evidence to support claims will be most successful with it. In this lesson, students are given three sets of claims and counterclaims related to “The Gift of the Magi” and they are tasked with going back through the story to find as much evidence as they can to support each statement. Students have to decide which evidence is stronger and build a claim based on that evidence. This lesson includes an exit ticket, which requires students to develop a claim and write an evidence-based paragraph to support it.

This lesson directly addresses CCSS R.1 (cite specific textual evidence to support conclusions drawn from the text), R.2 (determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development) and W.1 (write arguments). This resource DOES NOT include the text of “The Gift of the Magi.”

This resource is a compressed zip file that contains teacher directions, all student materials and an answer key.
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10 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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