Twilight Zone “Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” Media Analysis of Twilight Zone

Laura Randazzo
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7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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There’s a reason Rod Serling’s series, The Twilight Zone, has stood the test of time. The stories are compelling, the episodes are well-crafted, and the themes are timeless. With this lesson download, you can also use The Twilight Zone to help students develop analysis skills and connect classic storytelling to modern issues.

In this episode, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” a neighborhood is destroyed by fear and baseless accusations. Issues raised by the program include scapegoating, modern witch-hunts, and fear’s ability to cloud logical thought.

The video is about 24 minutes long and the worksheet completion will take about 15-to-30 minutes, depending on how much time you allow for discussion. Works great as a standalone lesson, sub plan, or supplement to a study of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible.

On my last product update, this episode was available to Paramount+ subscribers. It can be purchased via Amazon Prime and YouTube. This download also includes a link to an open-access website where the episode is being streamed with ads.

Want to use this activity with your online learners? Just draw text boxes on top of the PDF image and share within your password-protected classroom portal. Teacher/Tech guru Amy Almada models the easy step-by-step process here: https://laurarandazzo.com/2020/03/30/easy-turn-a-pdf-into-a-google-worksheet-no-add-on/
Almada focuses on Google apps in the video, but the same process works for Microsoft software.

Want more activities like this one? Click here to scroll through my entire collection of video-based lessons: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Laura-Randazzo/Category/Video-Based-Lessons-496064

Want your classes to learn more about Rod Serling, the writer/creator of The Twilight Zone series? Click here for a student-led research activity:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rod-Serling-Author-Study-Worksheet-Twilight-Zone-Easy-Biography-Activity-CCSS-6445686

Hope you and your students enjoy this Twilight Zone activity. Thanks for stopping by!

Image credit: Pixabay, Public domain

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

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