Lesson Plan

The Thrill of Horror- The Monkey's Paw

The lesson uses "The Monkey's Paw" in order to demonstrate reading comprehension skills.
Amanda B.
Classroom teacher
Ralph Chandler Middle School
Simpsonville, United States
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My Grades 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies

Students will be able to... describe how author's use foreshadowing to create suspense.

Students will be able to...summarize a piece of text,

Students will be able to...figure out the meaning of unknown words using context clues.

English Language Arts
Grades 8
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1 Hook

Assign the story, "The Monkey's Paw" to students using CommonLit.org. Make sure to turn on guiding questions.

Have the students pull up the story, "The Monkey's Paw" on their Chromebooks. 

Student Instructions

Students should skim the story and use the digital platform to highlight any words they do not know. 

2 Direct Instruction

Teachers should upload the online worksheet to a platform such as Google Classroom in order for students to access. 

Explain the different roles in reciprocal reading- all roles are explained on the resource above. 

Student Instructions

Students take notes on the roles of reciprocal reading and their purpose. 

3 Guided Practice

Read the first section of "The Monkey's Paw" and demonstrate each of the four roles of reciprocal reading.

Model the appropriate way to fill in the chart. 

Student Instructions

Take notes on the effective way to summarize, visualize, clarify, and question. 

4 Independent Practice

Group students into 4.

Circulate the room to facilitate discussion and solve any problems that arise. 

Student Instructions

Students should get in groups of 4. Each student will take on one reciprocal reading role. Students will read the story online, annotating using the tools on CommonLit, and complete their section of reciprocal reading. At the end of each section, students share their responses with each other to help each student fill in their entire chart. Repeat until the whole chart is filled in.

5 Wrap Up

Have the students fill out the digital exit ticket using Google Forms to help guide their thinking about the purpose of reciprocal reading.