"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry
Lesson plans and teaching resources

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Teacher Guide to "The Gift of the Magi"
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Analyzing Irony and Symbolism in a Short Story
Students read and discuss the story. Then they are given definitions for both symbolism and situational irony and find examples in the story. Adobe Reader required for access.

A Gift for Mom and Dad
Following a reading of O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi," students practice writing an expository essay based on the connotative definition of "gift." The essay is then presented as a holiday gift. The lesson is designed for grades 9 and 10 and can be adapted to a variety of occasions and grade levels.

"The Gift of the Magi"
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"The Gift of the Magi"
Text of the story.

"The Gift of the Magi"
An audio version of the story in MP3 format. Requires QuickTime for access.

"The Gift of the Magi"
Worksheet, vocabulary practice, and online versions of the story.

"The Gift of the Magi"
This hypertext of the story includes clickable vocabulary words.

"The Gift of the Magi" Vocabulary
30 words presented in context and with definitons. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, examples of use, more.

"The Gift of the Magi" Vocabulary Activities
Students define vocabulary words, apply the words to real life situations, and work cooperatively to use vocabulary words in meaningful sentences. Click on "Lesson Resources" for handouts.

Irony in "The Gift of the Magi"
Given definitions of irony, students will identify examples in the story. They will brainstorm various ironic situations and work cooperatively to create a skit that contains at least three examples of irony.

I've Got the Literacy Blues
Designed to accompany "The Gift of the Magi," this lesson encourages students "to explore the story's themes using blues music, creative writing, and media study".