The Gift of the Magi

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Jim Dillingham Young and his wife Della are a young couple who are very much in love with each other, but can barely afford their one-room apartment opposite the elevated train due to their very bad economic condition. For Christmas, Della decides to buy Jim a chain which costs twenty dollars for his prized pocket watch given to him by his father. To raise the funds, she has her prized long hair cut off and sold to make a wig. Meanwhile, Jim decides to sell his watch to buy Della a beautiful set of combs made out of tortoise shell for her lovely, knee-length brown hair. Although each is disappointed to find the gift they chose rendered useless, each is pleased with the gift they received, because it represents their love for one another. The true unselfish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is greater than their possessions. (From
Curriculet Details
7 Questions
3 Annotations
1 Quiz

This free digital curriculum contains Common Core questions covering the topics of irony, metaphor and genre. It also contains video annotations explaining historical allusions and parable, as well as a short, silent film interpretation of the story. This free online unit contains Common Core aligned questions and answers and an interactive quiz that will support reading comprehension and increase student engagement.

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Homework #1

The first paragraph of the story sets the stage. Knowing nothing about what comes next, what can you infer about the story from this one paragraph?  
This paragraph tells us that 
Watch this video to learn more about two historical references in "The Gift of the Magi." (This annotation contains a video)
Della’s hair is a metaphor for 
This line means 
"The Gift of the Magi" is a parable; watch this clip to learn what that means. (This annotation contains a video)
The Gift of the Magi is a parable. How do we know it’s a parable?  
Do the combs still mean something to Della? Does the chain still mean something to Jim? Do the gifts lose their significance because they’re useless?  
For a different perspective, watch this silent video interpretation of the story. (This annotation contains a video)
Standard 11-12.2 Quiz 
How does the narrator describe Jim and Della in the last paragraph?