Gift of the Magi Analyzing Theme Essay


“This essay for O. Henry’s short story, “The Gift of the Magi” is aligned with the common core standards and includes ESL differentiation. This essay asks students to analyze how the theme of the story emerges, how it is refined, and how it is fully developed by the end of the novel.

This essay is CCSS aligned and covers the below standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy W2a.b.c.d.e (grades 7-12)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy W4 (grades 7-12)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy RL1 (grades 7-12)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy RL2 (grades 7-12)

Related Teaching Material
The Gift of the Magi Close Reading Assignment