Teaching “The Gift of the Magi” by O’Henry

In today’s Teaching ELA podcast episode, we discuss a classic Christmas story, which still finds its way in many a literature anthology. Takeaways ELA Common Core Lesson PlansSurprisingly, there’s not a whole lot of Christmas short stories. If you’re going to teach irony in literature, there are very few better authors to teach than O’Henry […]

Teaching Science Fiction Short Stories

In today’s episode of the Teaching ELA Podcast, I discuss science fiction short stories for middle school and high school: “The Fun They Had,” “All Summer in a Day, “Examination Day,” “They’re Made out of Meat,” “Harrison Bergeron,” “There Will Come Soft Rains,” “The Machine that Won the War,” “The Machine Stops,” and whatever else […]

“Gift of the Magi” Lesson Plans and Activities

Teaching “The Gift of The Magi” One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing […]