My 7th graders just read the Rod Serling teleplay, “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” I was able to find an adapted version that went with our Holt literature series and with some doubling up on parts, my class of 8 students was able to read the play out loud.
Being the first play we’ve done all year, this group was a little hesitant, unlike in the past when I’ve done reader’s theater type activities with our novels.
By Act II, some of them really started to get into their roles, and we had a great time. After reading the play, we watched The Twilight Zone version and did some comparing and contrasting.
This is the frame I used for the compare and contrast lesson after viewing the video. (I stopped the video at several exciting points to allow them time to record their thoughts in their journals and to build suspense.) Monsters Compare and Contrast Frame
Besides the obvious media vs. text lesson, one of my primary focuses for this reading selection was vocabulary. Between the stage directions and the narrator’s part, there were a lot of unknown words that allowed for context clue lessons.
I have attached the Vocabulary Squares and the differentiated activities I created for my class. For the worksheets and the quiz, all of my sentences came from http://www.wordsinasentence.com as I explained here. I have also included a link to my Quizlet for the vocabulary words I have chosen.
Standards: CC.7.RL.3, CC.7.RL.7, CC.7.L.4