The O'Henry Short Story Bundle The Gift of the Magi and The Cactus
This is a very comprehensive bundle of instructional resources and activities related to these two short stories by O;Henry, Lessons focuse on cooperative learning and are aligned to United States Common Core Curriculum Standards. I think your students will enjoy this bundle which includes:
1) The Gift of the Magi Questions and Quotes Worksheet
Students answer questions and analyze the significance of important events and quotes from the story. Answer keys are included as well as black and white and color versions of this activity.
2) The Cactus Scavenger Hunt for Information Worksheet
This is 29 question active reading scavenger hunt where students actively hunt for information in the story and analyze it in depth while they read. They must provide textual evidence to support their answers. This scavenger hunt is meant to enhance enjoyment and check for understanding. Answer sheets are included.
3) A vocabulary activity called, “Word Detective,” for both stories where students act as vocabulary detectives as they try and determine the meaning of new words. First they will use contextual clues to predict the meaning of new words from how they are used in actual passages from the story. Then they will use a thesaurus or dictionary to check comprehension and find synonyms. Answer sheet is included
4) Comprehensive crossword puzzles related to characters, events, figurative language, and vocabulary, for both stories. Answer puzzles are included
5) Figurative Language Worksheets/Quizzes for both of the short stories
6) An Elements of a Short Story Graphic Organizer/story map: An active reading graphic organizer that helps your students identify and chart the literary elements in the story as they read.
7)A Figurative Language Tracker Graphic Organizer
This is a graphic organizer which allows students to actively track figurative language as it appear in this or any other story.
8) Other supplemental Activities related to these stories.
You can also access my store at