"The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs Close Reading Worksheet

"The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs Close Reading Worksheet
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This close reading resource promotes thoughtful, critical analysis of "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs, helping students focus on significant details to develop a deeper understanding of the text and contribute more meaningfully to class discussion. Featuring six multiple choice questions, this resource also includes an answer key. When you purchase this item, you will receive three versions: a Word version, a Rich Text Format version, and a PDF version. You will also receive a copy of the short story, which is in the public domain.

By engaging in this exercise, students will...

  • Analyze the author's use of language to create meaning and...
  • ...discern meaning through what is explicitly stated and what is implied.

Questions pertain to the following excerpts:

  • Mr. White being "amiably desirous of preventing his son from seeing [a chess move]..."
  • Herbert saying, "If the tale about the monkey’s paw is not more truthful than those he has been telling us, we shan’t make much out of it."
  • Mr. White's "smiling shamefacedly at his own credulity."
  • "[The] dirty, shriveled little paw was pitched on the sideboard with a carelessness which betokened no great belief in its virtues."
  • A "useful article of apparel beneath the cushion of the chair."
  • Mrs. White's "long, loud wail of disappointment and misery."

This resource aligns well to Adolescent Literacy Project teaching principles. I recommend using these worksheets as the basis for small-group discussions, letting students discuss, debate, and support their reasoning for answer choices. In the role of facilitator, I observe my students becoming more consistently engaged with the novel and taking greater ownership of their learning.

In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read harder texts, this resource was designed to prepare students for ACT-style questioning/thinking.

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