"Monkey's Paw" Engaging Short Story Analysis (Mood, Theme, and Foreshadowing)

Grade Levels
6th - 10th
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23 pages
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This is not only a comprehensive lesson using the classic tale "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs, but it is also a whole lot of fun for middle school students! This story is great to teach around Halloween time!

What you get in the student guide:

1) Background information

2) Anticipation guide

3) Mini research opportunity on superstitions

4) Full copy of the unabridged text

5) Mood analysis sheet

6) Foreshadowing analysis sheet

7) Socratic question sheet

8) Theme: fate vs. free will analysis

9) Film / short story compare and contrast sheet

10) Comprehension questions in multiple choice format

You also get a companion Google Slides presentation to the student guide in the zip file.

1) Background, author information

2) Suggested video clips to compliment instruction

3) Discussion starter slides that correspond to the student guide

I just finished teaching this unit to my 6th graders. They loved it!

Happy teaching!

Total Pages
23 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.


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