The Gift of the Magi is a heartwarming story of a young married couple who each sell his or her most prized possession to have money to buy a gift for his or her spouse. It makes a wonderful mini-unit to teach during the Christmas season.
What Level is the Story Unit?
Not only is the message a good one, but the book lends itself to covering a number of CCSS skills. The original story measures 6.1 grade equivalent; however, it is a little challenging for sixth graders with its Lexile rating at 940. Due to this, I have also included a simplified version that measures a 4.9 grade equivalent. I made sure that both versions of the story contain the same vocabulary words, making this a perfect unit for differentiated instruction.
What is Included in this Resource?
This unit began as a series of four blog posts. This year I decided to create digital task cards hosted by Boom Learning™ for the vocabulary and comprehension questions. What is Boom Learning™?
Boom Learning™ takes task cards and makes them a self-scoring interactive tool. The website collects data. Teachers receive detailed reports. It is a win-win situation.
I also turned the constructive writing prompts and writing activity into materials for Google Slides™.
How do I get the unit?
I placed links to each resource plus instructions for how to use Google Slides and Boom Learning Decks together in one resource for your convenience. You will find it here.