The Gift of the Magi Lesson Plans and Activities

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O. Henry's classic Christmas story "The Gift of the Magi" is a great read for the holiday season. My high-school, university, and adult students love reading this story and yours will too. I've done this successfully with advanced ESL and EFL students as well! This collection of 15 lesson plans, activities, and resources that I've written and honed over the years, will guide your students through the whole story.

Check out the Table of Contents and sample pages in the 26-page preview (that includes the story itself).


This packet contains two versions of the story:

The original version, untouched and unabridged
The graded version, with some of the tougher vocabulary and turns of phrase simplified as well as explanatory footnotes.

In addition, there's a brief one-paragraph summary and a scene-by-scene guide to the text that students could read as a simplified easy-to-read version.

In addition, you'll find:

1. Word association warm-up where students brainstorm on the word "Gift"

2. Quick activity to pre-teach gift, pocket watch, watch chain, and hair comb

3. Lesson plan to teach predicting vocab words meaning from context

4. Set of fun vocab activities to pre-teach 24 key words from the text.

5. Valuable vs. Wise Gift Activity

6. Worksheet on the moral of the story

7. Lesson on modelling critical reading skills

8. Set of comprehension questions to guide reading.

9. Setting the Scene worksheet to help students see how the author sets his scene

10. Character Study Sheets for Jim and Della, plus a fun creative activity

11. A complete lesson on situational irony

12. Discussion Questions for students to dig deeper into the meaning of the text

13. Practice doing exegesis or deep passage analysis

14. Essay and Creative Writing Topics

15. Various quizzes and tests, all in open-answer and multiple choice form.

Each resource comes with complete and detailed teacher notes and answer keys. All are no-prep or very low-prep.

Do them all and spend a week on the text, or pick the ones most useful to you and your students.

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For more holiday lessons, check out:
A Charlie Brown Christmas Lesson Plan
New Years Resolutions and Future Tenses Activity
Classic Stories for Christmas Time
Christmas and Holiday Warm Ups

And for Reading Skills, check out:
The Jabberwocky: Reading for the Main Idea to teach students to ignore words they don't know!
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The Gift of the Magi Lesson Plans and Activities
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