The Gift of the Magi.
The Gift of the Magi & other stories

Animators and movie makers use a technique called "story-boarding" to illustrate the scenes as they want them to be represented on screen. A story board is like a sketch of the characters and setting, with the intention of visually interpreting, plot, conflict and theme.

Even though it may be difficult to draw illustrations that would interpret events from a story such as The Gift of the Magi, it is possible to provide short written descriptions of each scene as it is intended to be portrayed. This is a common technique in script writing.

Plot a new ending for the story.

Imagine that Della tries to buy back Jim's watch.

How will she raise the money?

What will Jim's reaction be?

Draw a few sketches that illustrate the scenes from the story or write descriptions of the scenes as you would like them to be portrayed.

In groups of three, plan and perform a short skit using the dialog you have created and the scenes you have visualized.

Think carefully of all the elements you have worked with in the five short stories: character, setting, plot, conflict and theme. How does your new ending relate to each of these elements?
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