Pre-Reading Vocabulary Activities Using "The Gift of the Magi"

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The rich language of O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" is only appreciable if you understand the words. A short instructional activity reviews 13 words from the story and prompts class members to apply each word and its definition to other situations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners read the story at home before coming to class the next day to discuss vocabulary
  • Include the listed words in your weekly vocabulary list
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson is designed for high school, but would more appropriate for middle school classes
  • The first few steps on the lesson plan procedure are self-explanatory, such reading the text itself, and making class sets of the worksheet
  • The two days allotted for the lesson seems long for a straightforward vocabulary review, particularly for a pre-reading activity

  • Provides all worksheets necessary for the lesson
  • Uses a story commonly found in school anthologies

  • None
Common Core