Monsters and Us

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Students begin the lesson with an eye-catching and engaging PowerPoint Slideshow on the meaning of allegory and the relationship between monsters and humans. Afterwards they choose one specific monster to learn more about and then write an essay comparing and contrasting it with human beings. Finally students are asked to create their own symbolic monster and write an allegory about it.

This is a good way to show students how creative writers can benefit from doing some research and careful analysis of existing work before imagining their own stories. It’s also a fun project to do while teaching about gothic fiction or around Halloween time.
 
Lesson Objectives

★ Students will gain an appreciation for how research and analysis can inform their creative projects.

★ Students will produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience.

Lesson Materials

1. Monsters and Us Animated PowerPoint

2. Compare and Contrast Essay Packet
→ Cover Page with Detailed Instructions
→ Researching a Monster Handout
→ Compare and Contrast Essay Planner
(Block Form and Point by Point Formats are both included)
→ Transitional Words and Phrases Reference Guide
→ Final Draft Stationary

3. Creative Writing Packet
→ Cover Page with Detailed Instructions
→ Character Design Sheet
→ Story Planner Sheet
→ Final Draft Stationary

Total Pages: 14 printable sheets and 20 PowerPoint slides

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20 slides, 14
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