Last Minute Lessons Reading and Audio Series by DeShaun Johnson
The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs
Intended Grades: Middle School: 6 - 8
Concepts and skills incorporated: Assessing the theme of a story, making inferences, characterization, context clues and vocabulary, symbolism (you can add or focus on other skills according to your own purpose for instruction). Lesson is outfitted to appeal to auditory, visual, and textual learners.
Materials and resources inside this bundle
● The Monkey's Paw PDF reformatted by DeShaun Johnson to
emulate standardize testing presentation of the text. Passages now have:
○ 14px font
○ Superscript paragraph numbers
○ Reformatted spacing and paragraph breaks for easier scanning and visual
● 1 audio recording of the text read by the creator DeShaun Johnson.
○ Audio is a “dramatization” of the text including voice acting, sound
effects, and music. Audio is engineered and mixed with instrumentation
added with the vocals to create an enhanced listening experience.
● 1 audio recording of the questions for accommodations and supplemental
support for students needing oral reading of the questions.
● Questions are designed and written based on testing standards implementing
required reading skills and vocabulary. Questions are imported on multiple
platforms such as Kahoot, Google forms, Quizizz, and on PDF for printing.
● Answer key to the questions
● List of key vocabulary terms from text
Why Did I Make This?
I recently taught a six grade reading blitz for our state testing, STAAR here in Texas, and did not want to read orally over and over again to my students. Neither did I have the time to have student volunteer readers because things were fast paced.
So at read the story on my computer and saved it as an mp3. When I played the mp3, I was able to monitor the room easier while the kids read and enjoyed a 40% increase in reading engagement.
I then got adventurous by adding music for suspense and atmosphere (creating interludes at certain points in the story) and that really helped the kids enjoy the reading more.
I had a smartboard in the room I taught in which became a big touch screen; I would put the Google form of mulitiple choice questions on the projector, have kids come up and touch the answer, and they loved it!
So I took all the work I put into creating this lesson and packaged it for sell here. Which brings me to my next point...
Who can use this?
Really...any Reading, ELAR, Inclusion, SPED, or Resource teacher, but because of the reading content and myself being a middle school teacher, I thought this would be best suited for middle school range.
However, it you are...
*a teacher in need of last minute activities or emergency lesson
*a teacher whose students need oral reading
*a teacher who does not have time to search for Kahoot It! questions
*a teacher who does not like to read orally to their students or pressed for time
*a teacher who needed something already prepared with step 1 - 5 listed
*a teacher wanting to teach easy-to-understand classics to middle schoolers
*a teacher that does not like to plan whether late or early...
Then this is for you. Any questions, do not hesitate to ask me!