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This product features all the materials you need to assign a compare/contrast essay for two classic tales of irony: O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" and Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace."
For this assignment, students will need to think critically and specifically about the similarities and differences between the two famous stories. Two comprehensive literary device charts are provided to prompt students to take a close look at both tales and to think beyond the obvious (like the fact that they are written by different authors) and consider the deeper similarities and differences differences (like plot structure, values of the characters, and lessons the stories try to teach) between them. These thoughtfully-constructed materials will help students develop exemplary compare/contrast essays that they can be proud of!
- Complete assignment directions
- 2 Literary device worksheets
- Venn diagram chart
- Essay graphic organizer (Block Method)
- Teacher key for charts
This assignment is perfect during the holiday season or can be used as a part of any short story unit!
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