The Monkey's Paw Short Story Unit

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Grade Levels
7th - 9th, Homeschool
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15 slides plus adapted story, tips and tricks, and printable version
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This is exactly what I was missing in my "The Monkey's Paw" unit! Thank you for creating and sharing!
I am currently working through this short story with my students. The resources are just what I needed.


Review literary elements through the reading of the short story, "The Monkey's Paw". This short story unit of vocabulary, text, activities on the theme, mood, plot, and overall comprehension is perfectly spooky for Halloween. Students love the plot twist and will be engaged while using the printable worksheets or distance learning materials to complete activities about vocabulary, plot, sequencing, theme, and mood that will ensure comprehension of "The Monkeys Paw".

This short story unit includes:

  • TWO versions of lessons and activities in this unit
    • Printable worksheets
    • Directions and tips for accessing and using Google Drive

  • An adaptation of the short story
  • Vocabulary terms
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Plot diagram activity
  • Comprehension questions
  • Sequencing chart
  • Student response chart
  • Theme and mood activity
  • Assessment

Feedback from teachers:

  • I really wanted to teach "A Monkey's Paw" this year, but wanted digital activities to go along w/ it. This is just what I was looking for and includes EVERYTHING! Thanks so much! I can't wait to use it!!!
  • I loved how easy the prep was for this activity and my students loved how simple and straightforward the directions were. This is a great little-to-no prep activity that I will definitely continue to use in the years to come. Thanks!
  • This resource is thorough, easy to use and engaging. Thanks!


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15 slides plus adapted story, tips and tricks, and printable version
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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