“The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry

One of my favorite holiday stories is “The Gift of the Magi.”  I so enjoy introducing my students to the story each holiday season.

Here is what I did with my students this year.

Journal Prompt as a Bell-Ringer

–What is a sacrifice?

–What is a sacrifice that someone has made for you?

–What is a sacrifice that you have made for someone else?

  • Questions to Answer Using the Story The Gift of the Magi Questions
  • Work with a partner to write your own version of the story.  You may start from scratch or write a parody using well-known characters.
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Argument Writing Using Sesame Street Clip

Late week, my kids practiced writing the elements of effective arguments using this clip. The kids had a great time and were able to practice the elements of claim, opposing viewpoint, counter argument, and call to action. Grover Tries to Sell Wigs