This blog post includes activities and short story suggestions for engaging middle school ELA students during the holiday seasons. Activities include common core aligned movie questions, color by number activities, and matching activities with lines from well-known Christmas carols. Suggested stories include "A Christmas Carol" and "The Gift of the Magi".
This pre-reading activity for "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry asks students to make predictions about the text based upon the story's opening lines. Very useful for getting students engaged very early in the story and to help them begin a close reading of the text.Can be used by students individually, in pairs, small groups, or the whole class together.Comes with tips for the teacher on the best ways to use this pre-reading effectively both at the beginning of the story and…
"The Gift of the Magi" and "The Necklace" Lessons & Activities
"The Gift of the Magi" by O'Henry: Reading ComprehensionA rigorous lesson for the holiday season in your secondary ELA classroom. This resource is a complete lesson with all student materials for comprehending OHenrys short story The Gift of the Magi.
The Gift of the Magi, by O. Gr Stories O. Henry's classic tale of the wisest gifts of Christmas, brought to life by P. Lynch's extraordinary art, is itself a gift to share and treasure. HC 9780763635305 Ages 10 & up, GRL X