Short Story The Monkey's Paw Literary Analysis Print and Digital

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6th - 10th, Homeschool
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Your students will love this delightfully creepy short story. It's perfect for practicing literary analysis, foreshadowing, point of view, and irony with your middle school and high school students.

And... by the end of the unit, students will have written a literary analysis response.

Here's what teachers are saying about this unit:

  • "An AWESOME unit. This resource is put together really well and was really easy to use."
  • "MY KIDS LOVED THIS!!!!! We have been having so much fun with it."
  • "This was the perfect no-prep resource for teaching The Monkey's Paw."
  • "Great resource that is easy to implement and puts the students' thinking skills to work as they read."

Reasons to love this unit:

  • Print and digital versions - perfect for any learning environment
  • paper version, Google Slides, and PowerPoint
  • The unit has everything you need to start teaching -- including the story.
  • Your students will love it! (My students couldn't stop talking about it!)
  • Can be used for emergency sub plans as well.
  • More practice of those literary analysis skills - students will be guided through writing a literary analysis response to the story.

This is what you'll get with this digital and print resource:

  • PDF copy of "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs. This text is in the public domain. QR Code and URL link included on student pages.
  • One copy with vocabulary marked, one without.
  • Daily lesson plans
  • Pre-reading student survey
  • Comprehension questions
  • Comprehension quiz (self-checking in digital version!)
  • Vocabulary study
  • Plot diagram
  • "Big Picture" graphic organizer
  • Analyzing literature -- point of view
  • Character analysis cards for interactive skits
  • Understanding characters graphic organizer
  • Foreshadowing
  • "Try It" cards -- challenge students to write using foreshadowing
  • Fate & Cosmic irony
  • "Write About It" prewriting, graphic organizer for an argumentative essay
  • "Revise Your Draft" page
  • Writing rubric
  • Teacher Checklists
  • Answer Key
  • Ready to print and teach...Just Add Students

Digital version includes all of the above!

Plus a self-checking comprehension quiz.

This is going to save you soooo much time!

Please be sure to take a look at the preview to see all the goodies in this resource!


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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.


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