This unit deals with two aspects of O.Henry’s short story The Gift of the Magi – THEMES presented in the story and different emotions Della experiences throughout the story.
- prezi contains information on topics presented in the story. Each topic is followed by the quote from the book as a text evidence. Students are given the worksheet – it contains the list of mentioned topics. As a topic is presented – they try to find the text evidence on their own and after they come up with some ideas I play the slide with this information (the prezi contains only examples of text evidence so feel free to accept student’s own answers. They write the information into their worksheet.
- their task is to say how is each topic presented in the story as the theme – they need to come up with the themes for each topic sentence based on the text evidence. Themes are not presented in the prezi as the students need to work them out. I have included examples of the themes my student came up at the bottom of this page.
- the second part of the prezi presents different emotions Della goes through the course of the story. Again, the worksheet contains the list of emotions and the students are asked to fill in the second part – why or when does Della feel this way?