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Teaching The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi is a short story about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been a popular one for adaptation, especially for presentation at Christmas time.

O. Henry
Project Gutenberg

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

How does the author use irony to critique popular views of love and sacrifice?
STANDARDS:
RL.3 - Characters & Plot, RL.5 - Text Structure, RL.6 - Point of View

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

1,3,4
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