The Gift of the Magi Activities – Christmas Short Stories for Middle School ELA


The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry is one of the most timeless Christmas short stories for middle school that captures the spirit of love, selflessness, and sacrifice. With this complete mini-lesson, you’ll both captivate and challenge your students in those last few days before the break without breaking a sweat.


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With this resource, you will teach your students about literary irony using the included The Gift of the Magi activities. The editable PowerPoint will give them definitions and different examples of verbal, situational, and dramatic irony before reading. Then, have students identify examples of irony after reading the Christmas short story.

► What’s Included?

  • Printable and Digital version of The Gift of the Magi text
  • Editable PowerPoint & Google Slides Mini-Lesson
  • Character Analysis Activity
  • Irony Analysis Activity
  • Text-to-Self Connection Activity
  • Answer Key

You will love keeping the chaos under control before the holiday, and your students will love the twist ending that O. Henry is most well-known for.

Everything in this resource is printable and digital, so you don’t have to worry about adapting activities for different circumstances or student needs. You can also edit the slideshow & the worksheets!

★ With this comprehensive, ready-to-use resource, you’ll transform your middle school ELA classroom into a magical space with meaningful discussions and activities just before the holidays. ★

The ZIP File Includes:

  • Editable PowerPoint Presentation
  • The Gift of the Magi PDF
  • The Gift of the Magi Activities PDF
  • Pre-loaded Google Slides Verions (linked in the PDF)

This Gift of the Magi mini-lesson is ready to use and can be easily customized to meet the specific needs of your classroom.

Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.7, RL.6.10

RL.7.1, RL.7.3, RL.6.7, RL.7.10

RL.8.1, RL.8.3, RL.8.10

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