“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” is one of the best teleplays to read with middle school students! We use The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Common Core activities while reading this play, but we have a little fun as well!
Before students even know anything about the story, odd things begin to happen in our classrooms. For instance, in my room, my class phone rings several times, but noone is ever there. My timer goes off by itself, and so does my cell phone alarm. Just as the kids are starting to wonder what in the world is going on, I announce, “I’m sure it’s nothing. We don’t have time to waste. We are going to read a play today.” They forget all about the strange happenings as they eagerly shout out which part they want to read. It’s only once things start eerily going wrong on Maple Street that they remember the peculiar things happening in our own room!
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Before reading, students complete some prereading activities including an anticipation guide and a vocabulary preview handout. We then assign parts and have fun reading with expression. After reading, we are ready to dig into some The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Common Core based activities. We take a look at how the setting affects the plot and examine the theme of the story. In addition, students answer a set of questions in which they must return to the text, analyze different elements, and support their answers from the text. When we are finished, we watch the teleplay, which can be found in the Twilight series on Netflix!