O. Henry
Lesson plans for "The Ransom of Red Chief" and other stories

|Biography and Background| |"The Gift of the Magi"| |"The Ransom of Red Chief"| |Other Stories|

Biography and Background

O. Henry
Biographical information.

O. Henry
Biography and links to stories.

O. Henry and his Texas Tales
Designed for grades 4-8, this document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

"The Gift of the Magi"

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"The Ransom of Red Chief"

Charging Redchief (O. Henry)
Students prosecute Johnny's kidnappers.

"The Ransom of Red Chief"
Complete text of the story, vocabulary, literary terms, characters, discussion questions, and extension activities are available on this interactive page.

"The Ransom of Red Chief"
Brief biography and text of the story. Follow links to PDF and Google Docs formats.

Other Stories

Figurative Language of O. Henry
23 quotations from various stories. Students identify figures of speech. 4 pages; answers available. Can be printed as worksheets or completed online.

O. Henry
Follow links (alphabetical order) to the text of many stories.

"The Duel"
Brief biography and text of the story. Follow links to PDF and Google Docs formats.

Magnificent Masterpieces
Students will study O. Henry’s short story "The Last Leaf" and delve into the ideas of what constitutes a masterpiece. They will look at the works of the masters of art such as Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, and Van Gogh, reading descriptions of these artists’ masterpieces. Students will reflect on their personal views of what constitutes a "masterpiece" and create their own masterpieces using computer software and/or traditional media. They will write brief descriptions of the masterpieces and the way these masterpieces could be used to help someone real or fictional. Students will be encouraged to post their completed masterpieces to a Web site for others to view. this unit plan includes handouts and is designed for grades 6-8.

The Four Million
Free audio recordings of the 25 short stories from this book, including "After Twenty Years," "Mammon and the Archer," and "The Cop and the Anthem." The stories are in MP3 format and require QuickTime.

"The Princess and the Puma"
Text of the story.