This is a Common-Core-based lesson for the teleplay The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street by Rod Serling. Students are engaged in meaningful pre-reading activities, defending answers with the text, answering post-reading questions which require them to return to the text, analyzing theme, and asked to write a poem. An answer key is provided.
Ideas for research prior to reading - will initiate a discussion on some of the issues and key concepts in the story.
Anticipation guide - will initiate a discussion on some of the issues and key concepts in the story.
Vocabulary preview - provides words in context so that students can determine meanings CCSSRL4
Setting - With this activity, students are required to look back at the text and analyze the setting. They must find details that describe the place, time, and environment. Then, they must explain how the setting affects the plot. CCSS7RL1,3
How to Successfully Answer Text Dependent Extended Response Questions – Several activities and handouts are included for this. There is the R.A.C.E. acronym which students can use all year each time they have to answer an extended response text dependent question. There are handouts that students can keep to refer to all year when using this acronym. CCSS7RL-1
Post reading questions - This handout includes sixteen questions. Students are required to return to the text to draw conclusions and analyze various elements of the story. Many CCSS are addressed within these questions. Students determine central ideas, cite text, and analyze events, characters, and the author’s craft. They must cite evidence to support their answers.
Theme - The handout on theme can be used to teach what theme is and how a theme statement can be developed. Students are required to find the stated theme in this teleplay, analyze how the theme affects the main character, and explain how this theme is true for life in general. CCSS7RL-1,2
Poetry - This activity provides an opportunity for students to write a poem based on the play. CCSSW Anchor Standard 4
Answer keys are provided for all handouts.
**New*** We just recently added reading signposts handouts to accompany this story. Based on the book Notice and Note by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst, these handouts and charts will help your students become better readers! You can use these handouts with this story and with every novel and story you teach!
This is a game changer for the way you teach close reading. Included is a teacher packet and a student packet with handouts that explain the six "signposts" of reading. Handouts are also included for you to find the signposts in "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street". Answer keys are included in the teacher packet. We guarantee you're going to LOVE this, and you will be able to use these handouts with every other story and novel you read all year!
New! Now, as a bonus, this packet also includes the interactive notebook version of these lessons! With interactive notebooks, students are active learners as they cut, fold, glue, and complete activities in their notebooks. The lessons included in this packet are the same Common Core based and meaningful lessons that are listed above. You decide which version you would like to use with your students. An answer key is provided.
Objective Summary -PowerPoint to teach how to write an objective summary for a story. A handout on how to write an objective summary along with a sample are also included
Carousel Learning Activity Instructions and Management – There are several activities for students to complete after reading the story. We have found that completing these activities “carousel” style and with a partner or in groups works wonderful! Students are engaged, helping one another, and actively working on Common Core based, meaningful activities. Complete instructions with pictures are included.
The carousel activities include the following:
• Text Dependent Analysis Questions – There are four questions included and a chart that requires students to use the RACE acronym to restate the question, answer it, cite evidence from the text, and explain. Sample answers are provided.
• Parts of Plot – With this activity, students will figure out the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of the plot. An answer key is provided.
• Determining the Theme – This activity will guide the groups in developing a theme statement for the story. A sample theme is provided.
• Vocabulary – There are two handouts in which students can use context clues to figure out some of the words in the story. The first activity will allow the groups to figure out the words on their own without help from multiple choices. Once this activity is complete, students will be given the second activity. This works wonderfully! Like any story, there are some vocabulary words that cannot be figured out from context clues. For those words, we created the K.I.M. vocabulary handout. This is a wonderful vocabulary strategy that students can use in every subject and as a lifelong learning tool. Answer keys and student samples are provided.
• Cinquain – This activity is fun for students. The group will work together and use the cinquain format to create a poem based on the story. A sample is provided.
• I Am Poem – This activity is fun for the groups. They follow the pattern to write an I Am poem based on a character, theme, or object from the story.
• Objective Summary – With this activity, students will write an objective summary of the story. A sample objective summary of “The Flight of Icarus” is provided.
• Epitaph for Pete Van Horne– Groups will work together to write the epitaph for Pete’s gravestone.
• Bonus Activity: How does setting affect the characters? Sample answers are provided.
*If you choose not to use the carousel learning activity, you can still pick and choose the post reading activities that you think your students need to do, or you can have them complete them all!
This teaching unit is JAM-PACKED with strategies, activities, and Common-Core based materials. This is not a generic worksheet kind of packet. You will LOVE these activities, and you will be able to use a lot of what is included with other stories that you teach as well!
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