Lesson of the Week: “The Monkey’s Paw” Reading Lesson

“The Monkey’s Paw” Reading Lesson by Breanna Durham (South Korea ETA)

It’s Halloween, and what better way to celebrate this holiday in your classroom than by reading a spooky story? Our newest Lesson of the Week, “’The Monkey’s Paw’ Reading Lesson” by South Korea ETA Breanna Durham focusing on the classic story “The Monkey’s Paw” by author W.W. Jacobs presents an excellent example of how to approach reading short stories in your ESL classroom.

Designed for her middle school reading club class, Breanna’s lesson breaks the story up into chunks with translated words (in Korean, but easy to swap out for your students’ language) and questions to check for understanding. Following reading the story, students complete a “Three Wishes” activity and are asked to reflect upon the possible consequences for their wishes, taking into consideration what happened in the story. You can download materials for this lesson below:

  1. Story PPT
  2. “Three Wishes” Activity PPT
  3. “Three Wishes” Activity Worksheet
  4. Story Review Worksheet


That’s it for our October lessons, but check back in November for more! Happy Halloween!

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