"Monster's Are Due on Maple Street” Unit Plan –24 Tasks w/Organizers and Rubrics

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This learning resource includes 24 rigorous unit learning tasks for Rod Serling’s short story, "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” You are receiving the learning tasks, rigorous graphic organizers aligned to each core skill, and rubrics to score the students’ writing. The teacher-created learning tasks include standard(s) alignment using the language of the most rigorous state standards. The graphic organizers and rubrics are embedded in the document, but they are also included as separate attachments in the zipped folder. The unit activities represent a balance of analysis and evaluation activities focusing on a variety of literary elements, constructed responses, and extended informational/explanatory and argumentative writing. This resource also includes some embedded external documents and informational texts that have thematic parallels with "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street." The learning tasks will delve deeper into the complex character development, mood, suspense, figurative and connotative meanings, and themes that have made it a literary classic.

Critical reading of literary texts is a critical component of all state standards, and analyzing texts is a key skill that students will need for college and the jobs of the future. The critical foci of the learning tasks include:

- Reading and analyzing informational texts and making connections with paired passages

· Figurative and connotative meanings

· Citing strong and thorough textual evidence (inferencing)

· The impact of language, characterization, and setting on the development of suspense.

- Exploring the impact of morphemes and affixes on content vocabulary from the selection

· Analyzing characters with complex and conflicting motivations

· Analyzing themes and their development over the course of the text.

· Analyzing complex character development including internal and external conflicts

· Exploring symbolism and irony and their contribution to the themes

· Responding to literature using constructed responses and extended writing.

· Participating in collegial discussions and presenting information.

Total Pages
19 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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