O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi” reflects the true meaning of Christmas. This student resource provides English Language Arts students with an independent close reading of a Common Core State Standard exemplar text (grades 9–10) for fiction.
Heroes abound throughout history and in our everyday lives. After completing the activities, students will be able to understand the meaning of the words hero and heroic.
A common lament one hears today is that young people lack heroes to emulate. Is that true? After completing this lesson plan, students will be able to describe what makes a hero in various contexts.
This Launchpad looks at the tragic events on 9/11 and all of the heroes who helped Americans recover from that day. It asks students to think, "What makes a hero?"