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Activity Overview


Creating parodies and satires, and modern day adaptations are part of a rich literary tradition. They are also valuable tools for teaching students about literature. Through creative writing, students learn to use literary elements in context, committing these terms to memory. Adaptations are also perfect for connecting to themes in stories, as students should mimic the themes they pull from the original material.

Have students create their own modern day adaptation for The Monsters are Due on Maple Street. For this assignment, you can have students rewrite the ending, rewrite the story in a contemporary setting, or choose an event from history that resonates with the themes of the story. Possible historical examples include the Salem Witch Trials, events leading up to the Holocaust, Japanese Internment Camps, and post 9/11 racial profiling.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Modern Day Adaptations: Parody and Satire

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/9-10/5] Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/7/3] Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/7/3] Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a plot diagram for an original story that uses ideas from The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Plan out an original story using Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
  3. Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components. This is YOUR story, so get creative!
  4. Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.



Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Plot Diagram Rubric (Grades 9-12)
Create a plot diagram for the story using Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Proficient
25 Points
Emerging
21 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Try Again
13 Points
Descriptive and Visual Elements
Cells have many descriptive elements, and provide the reader with a vivid representation.
Cells have many descriptive elements, but flow of cells may have been hard to understand.
Cells have few descriptive elements, or have visuals that make the work confusing.
Cells have few or no descriptive elements.
Grammar/Spelling
Textables have three or fewer spelling/grammar errors.
Textables have four or fewer spelling/grammar errors.
Textables have five or fewer spelling/grammar errors.
Textables have six or more spelling/grammar errors.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out. Student has done both peer and teacher editing.
Work is well written and carefully thought out. Student has either teacher or peer editing, but not both.
Student has done neither peer, nor teacher editing.
Work shows no evidence of any effort.
Plot
All parts of the plot are included in the diagram.
All parts of the plot are included in the diagram, but one or more is confusing.
Parts of the plot are missing from the diagram, and/or some aspects of the diagram make the plot difficult to follow.
Almost all of the parts of the plot are missing from the diagram, and/or some aspects of the diagram make the plot very difficult to follow.




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