The Monkey's Paw Mood Rewrite - Creative Writing

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7th - 10th
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Enrich your study of W.W. Jacobs’ “The Monkey’s Paw” with this print-and-go creative writing assignment. Students analyze the established mood in a passage and then rewrite it. This is a great assignment for students to practice creating mood in a short, creative work. This can be done in partners or alone.

Hint: I would suggest letting students rewrite one of the three parts. Dialogue can be kept the same, but attributions (“she said hysterically”) should be changed.

This writing activity is presented in the “All-in-One” style:

*Project Description

*Brainstorming Worksheet – students practice “rewriting” skills on a few sentences before they move on to an entire scene

*Rubric – Choose between analytic and holistic versions

*Printer-friendly versions - prints as a half-sheet with the rubric on the front and brainstorming on the back)

*Editable version (.doc)

Have students attach this whole page as a cover sheet for their essay.

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Other materials for teaching Short Stories:

"The Lady or the Tiger?" by Frank Stockton Argumentative Essay

"Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl Persuasive Essay

Short Story (Adapted) Unit Test

Short Stories Unit for Interactive Notebooks

Short Story Unit Test Bundle - Honors, Standard, Adapted

This product is also part of the *Writing Activities Bundle!*

Are you looking for a way to teach your students to integrate quotes into their essays? Try my Integrating Sources Worksheet.

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Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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