Analyzing Elements of Fiction: The Gift of the Magi--Lesson 2 of 3

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Resource ID#: 48941 Primary Type: Lesson Plan

General Information

Subject(s): English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9, 10
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Suggested Technology: Document Camera, Computer for Presenter, Internet Connection, LCD Projector, Overhead Projector, Speakers/Headphones
Instructional Time: 3 Hour(s)
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Freely Available: Yes
Keywords: The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry, setting, point of view, theme, allusion, plot, irony, conflict, rising action, climax, resolution
Instructional Component Type(s): Lesson Plan Worksheet Formative Assessment

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2 Lesson Plans

Comparing Irony: The Gift of the Magi--Lesson 3 of 3

This lesson is the third in a series of three based on O. Henry's short story "The Gift of the Magi." The previous lessons provide instruction in using context clues to determine word meanings and in analyzing the significance of literary devices in a short story. In this final lesson, students will apply their knowledge of context clues from lesson one while also working to analyze irony across two texts, "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Shivering Beggar," a poem by Robert Graves.

Context Clues in Context: The Gift of the Magi--Lesson 1 of 3

This lesson introduces four simple, easy-to-identify context clues intended to teach students to use them as they read challenging texts independently. Denotative and connotative meanings are explained and illustrated in the context of the story. Students apply their learning from the beginning of this lesson to a first reading of the beloved story "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. This short context-clues lesson and the accompanying quiz, activity, and chart are easily adaptable to use as a segue to the first reading of any challenging novel, short story, or play where vocabulary may be especially difficult and a need to teach and/or review context clues is essential.

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Comparing Irony: The Gift of the Magi--Lesson 3 of 3:

This lesson is the third in a series of three based on O. Henry's short story "The Gift of the Magi." The previous lessons provide instruction in using context clues to determine word meanings and in analyzing the significance of literary devices in a short story. In this final lesson, students will apply their knowledge of context clues from lesson one while also working to analyze irony across two texts, "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Shivering Beggar," a poem by Robert Graves.

Type: Lesson Plan

Context Clues in Context: The Gift of the Magi--Lesson 1 of 3:

This lesson introduces four simple, easy-to-identify context clues intended to teach students to use them as they read challenging texts independently. Denotative and connotative meanings are explained and illustrated in the context of the story. Students apply their learning from the beginning of this lesson to a first reading of the beloved story "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. This short context-clues lesson and the accompanying quiz, activity, and chart are easily adaptable to use as a segue to the first reading of any challenging novel, short story, or play where vocabulary may be especially difficult and a need to teach and/or review context clues is essential.

Type: Lesson Plan