This CCSS aligned essay prompt asks students to identify a theme in O. Henry's short story "The Gift of the Magi." This essay prompt handout includes three possible themes and a basic essay outline that will require students to use quotes from the text to support their response.
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Common Core Essay - Common Core Aligned Essay - The Gift of the Magi Essay - Theme Essay