This Monkey's Paw Pack really packs a CCSS punch!
This lesson provides a link to an engaging and compelling 29 minute video of The Monkey's Paw story by W. W. Jacobs. http://vimeo.com/20009303 The companion worksheet focuses on the mood of the video and how the producer develops that mood at the outset of the story.
In addition to the video, students are given a link to an abridged version of the story. After reading the story, students are asked to compare the story events, the setting as well as their personal experience of viewing vs. reading the story.
Finally, students are asked to analyze the story and answer questions providing TEXT EVIDENCE to support their responses.
Fifth Grade Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.9 Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Sixth Grade Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.7 Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.9 Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.