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Literature: "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs

These sites are about the short story “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs. Includes full text of the story, quizzes, lesson plans, and vocabulary worksheets. There are also links to games about short story elements and reviews of other horror stories and books. Includes links to eTheme resources on Story Elements and Character Traits.


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Read this short comparison of setting in "The Monkey's Paw" and "There Will Come Soft Rains."
This PDF document is a two page worksheet on the story. Includes discussion questions and other activities.
Try this multiple choice quiz over elements of a short story (such as plot, characterization, etc.).
Here are several games to help you understand the elements of a short story.
This game about story elements is based on the game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."
Here is the full text of the story by W.W. Jacobs.
Click on a link to read reviews of young adult horror books. NOTE: The reviews include links to commercial sites such as
These sites have hands-on activities and graphic organizers to help students understand the different story elements, including plot, setting, and characterization. Also learn about sequencing and cause and effect. There are links to eThemes Resources on character traits, book activities, and graphic organizers.
These sites focus on character traits and include lists of adjectives that students can use to improve their writing. There are also many activity ideas for having students identify the traits of main characters in stories. Includes lesson plans, graphic organizers, and a link to an eThemes Resource on adjectives.

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