Lesson Plan : Introduction to English

Teacher Name:
 Ms. Rita Troxell
Grade:
 Grade 9-10
Subject:
 Literature Activities

Topic:
 Introduction to Short Story: The Gift of the Magi by O'Henry Interprets literary elements and techniques such as plot, setting, them, characters, characterization, conflict, figurative language and point of view Make comparisons, predictions, and generalizations and draws conclusions
Content:
 Definition of a Plot Identifying the plot of "The Gift of the Magi"
Goals:
 What is the meaning of plot? What are the parts of a plot? What is the meaning of verbal irony and situational irony? What is the theme of the selected story? How can I evaluate the decisions made by the main characters? What alternatives might I suggest, and what impact would they have on the story?
Objectives:
 Student will read "The Gift of the Magi" through Read Alouds and Guideed Reading Student will define plot, conflict, rising action, resoultion Student will identify the parts of the plot in "The Gift of the Magi" Student will list some facts about the auther O'Henry.
Materials:
 text of "The Gift of the Magi" overhead projector attached reproducible transparency film
Introduction:
 Begin Lesson by asking students if they ever made a sacrifice for someone special in their lives: Examples might include the giving of time to spend with an elderly grandparent, or giving away a kidney to ensure the life of a family member. Ask students to write a reason in their Reading Journal.
Development:
 Read the "The Fit of the Magi": By O. Henry.
Practice:
 Ask students to recall everything they know about Della and Jim in terms of physical characteristics, personality, and nature. Use Discussion guide to review with students the setting, irony and them of the story. Explain that there are many ways to know and understand people, one way being to examine the decisions they make. Ask students what inferences could be made about a person who goes out to dinner and orders a salad with low calorie dressing and ice water. What about one who orders the most expensive item on the menu? Ask students to consider what can be learned about Dlla and Jim by examining their decisions, such as Della selling her hair to buy a fob for Jim's watch , and Jim selling his watch to buy combs for Dell's hair.
Accommodations:
 Teacher read text aloud to the students Use as many visual aids as possible (video, pictures) Allow oral response to test questions that are provided by a reader or videotaped. Use graphic aids
Checking For Understanding:
 Teacher observation, classroom assignments and quizzes.
Closure:
 Write a paragraph that defends what they believe would be the best decision Jim and Della should have made.
Evaluation:
 Rubric used to assess student writing

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