“The Gift of the Magi”

O. Henry's famous short story, "The Gift of the Magi" is the core text in a comprehension activity that asks readers to respond to a series of text-based questions based on the story.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair the story with a reading of "The Ransom of Red Chief" and lead a discussion of O. Henry's plot twist endings
  • Support readers by pre-teaching the tier 2 and tier 3 words used in the story
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource assumes readers are familiar with the story of Magi who brought gifts to Jesus

  • Readers must cite evidence from the story to support their answers

  • Without support, some readers will struggle with the tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary
Common Core