The Gift of the Magi Short Story Unit- Digital and Printable O. Henry Story Unit

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7th - 10th
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This short story unit for "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry has everything you need to teach students how to analyze and think deeply about the story. This complete digital and printable story unit will have students analyze characters, identify theme, support answers with textual evidence, and analyze literary elements. This story unit for "The Gift of the Magi" is ready to print and go or assign online. There's no prep work for you, and answer keys and sample answers are included.

This complete short story unit for "The Gift of the Magi" includes digital and printable versions of the following:

  • full text story with guided reading questions
  • theme worksheet
  • SIFT chart
  • character analysis chart
  • two short answer prompts
  • multiple choice story quiz

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Total Pages
34 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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