This lesson is a before-, during-, and after-reading activity and lesson for the classic short story, “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs. It introduces the story in a relevant, engaging way (even mentioning/including The Simpsons parody), and then includes a 14-page handout packet for students. The entire text of the story is on the left-hand side of the page, and there are questions and summarizing statements on the right-hand side that directly correspond to the text. This is the only way to ensure student understanding DURING the reading! Students need to continually stop to look up a new vocabulary word, make a prediction, or visualize the scene.
In fact, the other component of the lesson is pretending students are photographers, taking snapshots of this story. This is ideal for visual learners – as well as those who need practice visualizing! A handout is included where students (briefly) draw out 8 of the major scenes of the story. This story can be read aloud as a class, stopping to answer questions and assess, or be done individually. 90 minutes should be allotted for this lesson/silent reading.
Finally, an exit slip is included to assess students’ comprehension.
Again, the handout packet is 14-pages. Therefore, it is not ideal unless you have easy, free access to a double-sided Xerox machine. ?
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