"The Monkey" is a short story by Stephen King. It was collected in King's Skeleton Crew in 1985.
The story starts with two young brothers, Petey and Dennis, finding a toy wind-up monkey in the attic of their father's uncle's home, where he had grown up. Bit by bit, it's revealed that their father, Hal had found the toy monkey in his father's old chest (his father had been a merchant mariner who disappeared under mysterious circumstances; at some point in the story, Hal suspects that the monkey led to his father going missing). The monkey is actually somewhat haunted, and every time it claps its mechanical cymbals together (sometimes on its own), someone close to Hal dies. Hal had been tormented by the monkey as a child when it worked its lethal enchantment on his family and friends and killed them off until Hal had chucked it down the old well at the home of his uncle and aunt. In the present, Hal takes the monkey and throws it in Crystal Lake, hoping that it will be finished once and or all, and it won't kill anyone again. The story ends with an excerpt from a newspaper article which reports on a mysterious die-off of fish in the lake.
This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels.
The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation.
The materials provided
1 Short story worksheet
1 Creative Art Sheet
1 Answer Key
NOTE: I have decided to include the Word Documents that the PDFs are created from so that if you would like to customize the unit for your classroom you can. However, I have used formatting and custom fonts that are not standard with many versions of Microsoft office. This may mean that opening them with a different version of office or without the same fonts installed will throw the formatting off. If so it may take some work to adapt them in your class. I am including them as an extra and would ask that I am not rated on the usability of the Word Docs. Since they are not the finished product, but an extra.