Essential Questions: Do we have control over our destiny? Is it wrong to get something for nothing? How can we achieve our goals?
This delightfully creepy play, based on a classic horror story by W.W. Jacobs, is paired with an informational text about how to make wishes come true.
Learning Objective: to draw on ideas in a drama and an informational text to form and support an opinion
1. PREPARING TO READ
2. READING AND DISCUSSING THE PLAY (30 minutes)
3. READING AND DISCUSSING THE INFORMATIONAL TEXT (15 minutes)
4. SKILL BUILDING
Imagine that a friend has just found the monkey's paw and is seeking your advice about whether to use it. What would you say? Is there a better way for your friend to achieve his or her goals? Answer both questions in the form of a letter, play scene, or 1- to 2-minute video.
If someone gave you the monkey’s paw, would you use it to make a wish? Why or why not? Support your answer with details from the play.
Compare the points of view expressed about wishes in The Monkey’s Paw and in “What Do You Wish For?” Support your ideas with evidence from both texts.
Write your own short story or create your own short film with the same theme as The Monkey’s Paw: Be careful what you wish for.
Set one goal that you want to achieve in the next year. Write out a plan for how you will achieve it, based on the advice given in the article “What Do You Wish For?”
Literature Connection: Other tales about why and how our choices matter
Midas and the Golden Touch
“The Road Not Taken”
by Robert Frost (poem)
by Natalie Babbitt (novel)