“The Last Leaf” O. Henry Short Story, Compare & Contrast, PDF & Google Drive, CCSS

Empower your students to become media critics as they examine multiple versions of O. Henry’s famous short story, “The Last Leaf.” By using a modern retelling of the story from the popular Fictional podcast, a close reading of O. Henry’s original text, and an optional viewing of a short film, students will be equipped to meet the complex requirements of CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7: Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.

This download includes a full-text copy of the public domain story, an mp3 audio version of an actor reading “The Last Leaf,” a 9-question short answer question sheet (with detailed answer key, of course), and a link to the 15-minute podcast. As a bonus, there’s also a 15-minute film version (link included) of the tale. A Google Drive version of the story and question set worksheet is also included.

Download includes: 6-page PDF + 1 mp3 audio file + Google Drive version of student handouts (uneditable)

Please note: This item is included in my Short Story Unit Plan for Older Teens. To avoid a double-purchase, please do not buy the item on this page if you also intend to buy the budget-priced short story bundle.

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