The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs Mentor Sentences, Quiz, and Writing Activities

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Students love "The Monkey's Paw," which means you can complete many fun activities. This file includes a lesson plan, quiz, mentor sentence activity, theme analysis questions, a graphic organizer, and a writing activity for "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs.

Included in this file for "The Monkey's Paw":

→ The quiz is basic. I use it for comprehension only.

→ The analysis activity has sentences from the story and asks students to explain how they contribute to the story's theme.

→ Mentor sentences - using quotes from the story, students will identify parts of speech in context.

→ 5 topics for students to change from broad ideas into specific ideas. Students will then write a topic sentence for each idea as it relates to the story. An extension activity is for students to write a paragraph using one of their topic sentences.

→ A graphic organizer for students to track the three wishes and their consequences.

→ Seven vocabulary words taught in context. A vocabulary quiz and key is included.

The lesson plan has possible discussion questions and literary devices found in "The Monkey's Paw." Answer key included.

These activities and lesson plans for "The Monkey's Paw" are both in editable and not-editable formats.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an 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 analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).


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