“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” is a teleplay written by Rod Serling. It is a society statement on the effects fear can have on a crowd of people. This is an entire unit that can be used before, during and after the reading of the teleplay.
This packet includes:
the original unit
a modified unit for differentiation
a 2 point rubric included that can be used on the short response questions
Specific pages in the unit include:
1. Key vocabulary – students use context clues to predict definitions before writing the actual definition
2. Pre-reading four-block to activate prior knowledge and apply new vocabulary – focuses on the essential question, close read strategy of Again and Again, vocabulary and a review of conflict in a plot
3. Four YouTube videos to introduce the idea of a mob with a page to record ideas
4. A ‘Mind’s Eye” to predict what the story will be about using still pictures from the TV episode and key vocabulary words
a. This PowerPoint is not included. It was composed of still shots from the TV show and had about six slides and vocabulary words from the initial vocabulary list.
5. An outline of the characters in the play that is coded to demonstrate the amount of reading required for each character
6. Focus questions to be completed as the students read the teleplay
7. A close reading activity to be completed after the initial reading of the teleplay that is aligned with the common core standards
8. A quiz to assess basic comprehension of the teleplay
9. A project that allows students to be creative while going beyond the text and looking at the symbolism of the aliens in the teleplay