Monkey’s Paw Movie Poster - Gold
Design a movie poster for the release of “The Monkey’s Paw”. Research typical
movie posters and try to emulate these styles into your poster.
Monkey’s Paw Script Writing - Gold
Take a scene from the short story and re-write it into a script. Follow the proper
conventions for script writing (ex, sluglines, bold character NAMES).
*See script writing tips handout.
Monkey’s Paw Theatre - Silver
Act in your own scene or fulfill a role in a classmate’s.
Monkey’s Paw Director - Gold
Cast your script or the script of a classmate and make your directorial debut. To
add even more value to the scene include props, costumes, sound and lighting.
The classroom is your stage, use it in whichever way works best for the scene.
Monkey’s Paw Questions - Silver
Answer all of the questions about “The Monkey’s Paw”. You must answer all of
the questions in complete sentences.
Monkey’s Paw Comparison - Gold
How does "The Monkey's Paw" compare to other stories about wishes that you've read or
watched? (Maybe Aladdin, the Greek myth of "Apollo and Daphne," 13 Going on 30, 17 Again or
Coraline, for example.)
Apollo and Daphne Myth
Daphne was a nymph, a daughter of the river god Peneus. As a result of a boasting match among the gods, *Apollo fell
hopelessly in love with her. At the same time that Cupid's golden arrow shot Apollo full of love, one of Cupid's lead-tipped
arrows pierced the heart of the nymph. The result was that she wanted nothing to do with love. She persuaded her father to
allow her to remain unwed. Neither knowing this nor caring, Apollo pursued Daphne, trying to persuade her with talk of his
great worth, but she wanted nothing to do with him and ran while he tried to woo her. This merely made Apollo more
determined, so he pursued her and gained on her. When he was about to reach her, she pleaded with Peneus to help her, to
let the earth swallow her up or to change her form. Peneus obliged. Daphne was turned into a bay laurel tree to escape
*Apollo - recognized as a god of light and the sun, truth and prophecy, healing, plague, music, poetry, and more.
Paper Mache Monkey’s Paw - Gold
Create your very own paper mâché monkey paw. Blow up a latex glove (like a balloon) and cover it with paper
mâché. You will want to layer the glove with at least three coats of paper. Your paw will need to dry overnight. Once it
is fully dried you can paint your paw to make it really look like a monkey’s paw.
Paper mâché steps:
Cut paper into long strips
Combine 2 parts white glue to 1 part water
Dip paper into the glue mixture
Remove excess mixture from paper
Smoothly lay strips on the figure
Monkey’s Paw - Author Profile - Silver
Use the internet to research W.W. Jacobs and answer the following questions about him:
 When and where was the author born?
 When did he die?
 Did the author have any other job besides writing? What?
 What genres of writing is he known for?
 What is his most famous work?
Monkey’s Paw Detective - Silver
There are many stories like ‘The Monkey’s Paw’, which require readers to fill in the gaps.
This can add to the enjoyment of reading because it allows us, the readers, to
contribute to making the story make sense. If parts of a story do not seem to make
sense, it might be because the reader has to fill in the gaps. The story does not directly
tell us why the old man wished his son dead again, but it does provide clues.
Your task: Locate the “clues” that help to explain why he made that final wish. Provide
your evidence in the form of a sentence(s).
Wish Fulfillment - Silver
“Three wishes, to be exact. And ixnay on the wishing for more wishes.
That's all. Three. Uno, dos, tres. No substitutions, exchanges or refunds.”
- Genie
Your Task: The question you've been waiting for all your life: If you were given three
wishes, what would you wish for? Remember, be smart about this and give it plenty of
thought. You don't want to make the same mistakes the Whites do.
Monkey’s Paw but That’s Not All - Gold
Your Task: Research another talisman of luck, wisdom, wishes etc. In paragraph form, describe
the origin and purpose of your item. Make sure to include a picture of your talisman (or if you
have it, bring in the actual item itself).