Modern Day Adaptation of The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

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Monsters on Maple St. - Modern Adaptation

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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.



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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.

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