Encourage Student Voice, Choice, Intrinsic Motivation & Service Learning!

Do you need an interactive, student-centered service learning project that will encourage middle and high school students to turn their excitement for Christmas break into a creative endeavor based on O. Henry's “The Gift of the Magi”? This unit is full of highly engaging student discussions perfect for Christmas and encouraging students to think beyond themselves to how they can help others. 

The Gift of the Magi

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A Gift of the Magi
Creative Writing Project

This 3-6 day extendable lesson contains everything you need to guide students through reading and viewing short literature covering topics relevant to students today, responding to a daily essential question, and planning and creating real-world children's books or videos with a modern take on a classic tale of love and sacrifice.

What your students get:

  • This short story resource is designed to help students analyze a complex work of literary fiction. Specific questions presented in an assessment practice worksheet guide students through the process of analyzing the plot, characterization, setting, and theme.
  • Students then turn their analysis into a writing project of their own creation. Follow up on their work by arranging for your students to read their pieces to an authentic audience.
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All the Resources You Need to Start this Unit Right Now!

The Gift of the Magi Teacher's Guide

We provide teacher preparation instructions, during teaching instructions, student assessments and answer keys, and writing project instructions.

The Gift of the Magi Daily Slides for Students

You'll also download daily slides for students that include writing prompts, inspirational multimodal mentor texts, and discussion prompts.

The Gift of the Magi Checklists & Rubrics

Graphic organizers, checklists and rubrics help students organize their projects and evaluation their progress through the unit and through the writing process itself.

Denise Williams

Great resource leading up to Christmas break!

Are you ready for a complete ready-to-go unit
that will help your students improve their close reading skills
and engage in a collaborative, creative service-based writing project?

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