This is a short story unit/project I give to my Grade 8 class for the last month of the year. It is a great wrap up at the end of the year for them. First, they will create a short story based on a genre ( folktale, myth, legend, tall tale, fairy tale, fable) using a monkey as the main character. Once the short stories are created and the good copy has been turned in, students make their very own sock monkey`s! Then students share their stories and their monkey`s with the class. Finally, students watch a movie based on one of the genres used to write their story, which they have chosen to end off the year.
This is a very simple final unit/project that ties into many pieces students have learned throughout the year on types of stories, elements of stories and the writing and editing process. Here many of them also learn how to sew. Students really enjoy creating their stories and their sock monkeys.
If you want, you can change up the sock monkey for a sock elephant and have students write their stories based on elephants instead.