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The Monkey’s Paw Common Core Aligned Unit
This is the Short Story of the Month Club, Grade 8: August Selection – Click here to read more about the Short Story of the Month Club!
Elements of Plot Review
Citing Text Evidence
Context Clues & Situational Clues
Types of Foreshadowing
Mood (and Mood Shifts)
See the list of activities below for a COMPLETE list of all of the skills covered. The ones above are simply the FOCUS of this unit.
This is a comprehensive, Common Core-Aligned Unit packed with a ton of rigorous resources for teaching with this short story. I’ve also included within the unit instructions for accessing this short story if you don’t have it.
It would take me forever to explain to you just how uniquely amazing this resource is, so go ahead and see for yourself. The first month’s selection is FREE! This resource includes a full two weeks of reading lessons. Please take the time to carefully examine this resource and come back when you decide you need to sign up for a year’s worth of short story units like this one.
List of Activities & Standards Difficulty Level: *Easy **Moderate ***Challenge
Activity 1: Review Lesson Elements of Plot*
Activity 2: Vocabulary V.1 Context + Situational Clues**
Activity 3: Vocabulary V.2 Context Clues Only*
Activity 4: Annotation Guide (Vocabulary, Situational)*
Activity 5: Plot Pyramid**
Activity 6: Comprehension Quiz*
Activity 7: Types of Foreshadowing Lesson**
Activity 8: Annotation Guide (Foreshadowing)**
Activity 9: Foreshadowing Graphic Organizer***
Activity 10: Mood Mini-Lesson*
Activity 11: Annotation Guide (Mood)**
Activity 12: Mood Shifts Graphic Organizer**
Activity 13: ACE Mini-Lesson Citing Text Evidence*
Activity 14: Text-Dependent Questions***
Activity 15: Advanced Literary Elements Challenge***
Activity 16: Comprehension Skills Test**
Activity 17: Short Story vs. Movie Analysis***
Activity 18: Write an Opinion Paragraph**
Activity 19: Evaluate an Argument ***
Activity 20: Essential Question***
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