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Grade: 3-5
Subject: other

#4297. Gifts for Others

other, level: 3-5
Posted Tue Dec 9 17:51:42 PST 2008 by Yulia Novikova (Yulia Novikova).
Virginia Beach Public, Virginia Beach, USA
Materials Required: copies of "the gift of magi" by O'henry, pencils, highlighters, charts
Activity Time: 1 hour
Concepts Taught: value of relationships and love

Lesson Plan Title: Gifts for Others.

Concept / Topic To Teach: The short story by O. Henry will reveal to the students the value of the relationship between two people, the sacrifice that they are ready to commit to in order to show their love.
Standards Addressed: LEP 4.4
The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of fiction, nonfiction, and informational texts.
a. Retell reading selections including beginning, middle, and end.
b. Identify main idea of reading selections.
c. Compare and contrast characters, setting, and events in fictional selections.
e. Summarize what is read.

General Goal(s): ESL -- Reading Fiction
The students will be able to read the fiction story and deduce the main idea that the author intended to carry to the readers. They will also learn the strategies to compare and contrast the characters in the passage.

Specific Objectives:
The students will build reading skills by using the various reading strategies.
They will continue mastering the language structures and the vocabulary that is needed to achieve the appropriate level of English.
The students will practice the identification of the main idea in the text.
The students will learn how to compare and contrast the main characters.

Required Materials:
• Multiple copies of the short story "The Gift of Magi" by O. Henry.
• Pencils
• Highlighters
• Two column chart with headings Magi and Jim
• Three column chart for the new vocabulary
• Scissors
Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):
1. The teacher will agitate the children's thoughts by thinking out loud on the topic "What should I do if I want to give a gift to a beloved person (mother, friend, or husband), but I do not have money?"
2. To connect the students' experiences with the discussion, the teacher will ask them to write an idea of their own way out in such a particular situation.
3. The volunteers can present their statement to their partner or to the whole classroom.

Step-By-Step Procedures:
4. Complete reading the first part of the short story "The Gift of Magi" silently, using the expert reading technique and underline with their pencils all unfamiliar words.

5. When the first part of the story is read the students create a summary of this part. It is a whole class activity. The first student gives the first sentence of the summary and the teacher writes it on the chalk board. Another child adds his sentence. And the same procedure continues until there is a complete summary on the board.

6. The teacher and the students finish reading the story using the shared book
reading technique.

7. The teacher divides the class into several groups and gives them time to agree
on the main idea of the story and present their mutual opinion to the rest of the

9. Discuss what characteristic features can we assign to Magi and Jim based on
the author's descriptions. Finally, to compare these two personages.

Plan For Independent Practice:

8. Have the students find in the story all the characteristic features of Magi and Jim and highlight those phrases. The student will write down these characteristic features in the two column chart.
Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):
• Students will share their opinions on the question "Will you sacrifice the way Magi did to buy a gift for your beloved one?" If not, Why?

Assessment Based On Objectives:
• Place pictures of six different kinds of animals on the board. Have students classify the animals according to the types of homes they live in and how they move around.
• Have students complete the vocabulary matching.
• Have the students list what the four things animals need to survive (food, water, shelter and air).

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):
- Those students who have reading disabilities will listen to the story on the tape recorder with the head phones.
- The students with writing disabilities will type the characters' comparison on the computers.

Extensions (For Gifted Students): Instead of participating in the whole class activity of the summary creation gifted students will be assigned to write the summary of the story on their own.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects: Reading comprehension (compare and contrast), vocabulary.