This resource was created to be used with the short story, “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. The Reading Guide provides the students with a close read of the text with dependent questions that help target the Common core State Standards for Literature. This guide helps students with comprehension to help determine what the author is saying? The student reading guide is ready to duplicate for classroom use and teacher key for the test is included. Other resources are also available for “The Gift of the Magi” on my site including a Multiple Choice test (three choices) and a Story Map that provides the students with a visual graphic organizer. Tests and all other reading activities have been aligned to Common Core State Standards.