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by O. Henry

1909

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "The Guilty Party" by O. Henry.

William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), better known by his pen name, O. Henry, was an American writer. His short story, “The Guilty Party,” published in 1909, is a tragic story about a girl named Liz who is engaged to be married, overcome with jealousy, and then driven to violence.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Comedy & Tragedy and Morality as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What can we learn from tragedy?" and "Why do people do bad things?"

Ways to support your child: