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The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

Main Characters

The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Herbert White from The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs
    Herbert White

    The only surviving child of Mr. and Mrs. White. Herbert.

  • Mrs. White from The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs
    Mrs. White

    Herbert’s mother and Mr. White’s wife

  • Mr. White from The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs
    Mr. White

    Herbert’s father and Mrs. White’s husband

  • Sergeant-Major Morris from The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs
    Sergeant-Major Morris

    A friend of the Whites, who holds the monkey’s paw at the beginning of the story

  • The Representative from The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs
    The Representative

    The man who informs Mr. and Mrs. White of Herbert’s death

Featured Props

The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

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  • Casket
    Casket
  • Door
    Door
  • Factory
    Factory
  • Fire
    Fire
  • Gravestone
    Gravestone
  • Hand
    Hand
  • House
    House
  • Money
    Money
  • Stairs
    Stairs
  • Tree
    Tree
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Teacher Guide

The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

  • If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
  • Do you think you can ever get something truly for free? Why or why not?
  • What is the difference between fate, chance, and luck?
Step 1Pixton comic-making activities
Step 2Concluding discussion with students
  • What do you think Mr. White wishes for at the end? What do you think happens to Mrs. White? Support your opinions with examples from the text.

  • When the Seargent Major talks about the spell the fakir put on the monkey’s paw he explains, “He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow.” Why is this statement significant to the story?

  • How does the author set the mood for this story?
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Pixton Activity: The Monkey's Paw 1 Character Sketch

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the story’s characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose a character from The Monkey’s Paw and create a character sketch for him or her.

  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the story. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Sketch

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Monkey's Paw 2 Imagery

Intro

Translating words into images is an important skill to have, whether you physically draw the images or imagine them in your head. The more attention you pay to the words, the more detailed the image will be.

Instructions

Creating a comic using 1-4 panels, choose a scene from the story to develop. Be sure to read the chosen section of the story carefully, paying attention to details. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Comic Strip

Imagery in “The Monkey's Paw” by Student

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Pixton Activity: The Monkey's Paw 3 Symbolism

Instructions

Using the template provided, create a Mind Map identifying the importance of a symbol in The Monkey’s Paw. Describe its importance giving two or three examples from the text. Your panels should include:

  • A title that identifies the scene.
  • A description that explains how the symbol is important in the text.
  • An illustration that matches. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Symbolism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The symbolism is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and engage the reader. The symbolism is well developed; examples are specific and provide sufficient support. The symbolism is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The symbolism is briefly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The symbolism is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (supporting examples identified) • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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