Visual Representation

Visual Representation

A Visual Comparison

Work Time

Your teacher will put you into a small group. With your group, work together to compare and contrast the two texts, “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Proven Power of Giving, Not Getting,” using a visual representation.

  • First, brainstorm the similarities and differences of how these two texts approach the theme.
    • How does the genre influence them?
    • Where do you see irony in the short story? Identify specific lines. How does that irony support the theme?
    • What do you notice about the point of view of the story versus the article?
  • Then, decide what kind of visual display you want to use and get started!
  • You’ll be presenting your visual representation at the end of the lesson, so make sure to stay on task.

Visual Comparison Presentations

Work Time

Share your group’s visual comparison of “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Proven Power of Giving, Not Getting.” Pay close attention to your classmates’ presentations.

Then, participate in a Whole Group Discussion and consider these questions.

  • How does your group’s organizer compare to the other groups’? Are there any differences that surprise you or are hard for you to understand?
  • What did other groups do well that your own group didn’t think about? Did another group notice an important detail? Did another group use a good visual technique?
  • Do you have any questions for the other groups about their presentation?

Citing Evidence

Work Time

Look back at your paragraph about the theme of “The Gift of the Magi” that you wrote in Lesson 1.

  • How did you refer to the story to support your claim about giving and receiving?
  • What strategies did you use to reference the text?

Open Notebook

Participate in a Whole Group Share about your citation techniques and pay attention to the strategies that your classmates and teacher share.

Citation Reflection

Work Time

Complete a Quick Write.

  • How does citing textual evidence when you write about the theme or main idea strengthen your position?

Open Notebook

Share your thoughts with the class.