Reflection: Joy Harnessing the Holiday Spirit: Reading "The Gift of the Magi" - Section 2: Popcorn Reading


I love reading this story every year. Love it. It gives me joy. It always takes students about a page to get into it because the references are old-dated. Watch chains and combs don't seem fancy and expensive to them, but today, when I asked the girls in the class how much time and money they put into their hair and asked the boys how often they notice the smell and look of a girl's hair, they seemed to settle in and understand the premiss more. The reading became quicker and there was an audible reaction to the twist at the end.

Did they enjoy it as much as I did? Probably not. But they did like it and I'm glad we read it anyway!

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Harnessing the Holiday Spirit: Reading "The Gift of the Magi"

Unit 7: Writing Before and After Vacation
Lesson 2 of 2

Objective: SWBAT analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work by reflecting upon the title of the short story, "The Gift of the Magi."

Big Idea: How I harnessing the spirit of the season in English class.

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