Reflection: Joy The Monkey's Paw - Section 4: The Simpson's "Monkey's Paw"


Yes, The Simpsons.  I use them in my class in more than one unit.  Why?  Well, for a couple of reasons.  Generally speaking, the kids like them.  And they are clever.  They take classic pieces of literature (The Raven, The Monkey's Paw, etc.) and adapt them and make them accessible.

I like the students to understand that the things we read aren't "dead," but alive and relevant.  They are also part of our shared cultural literacy.  I mean, really, can't we agree that most educated adults know about the story of The Monkey's Paw? By seeing these works in other media, the kids start to understand that learning about literature is kind of like joining the "in" crowd, a way into the world of inside jokes and knowing nods around a table.

I also like them to see satire.  My students are at an age where their humor is not exactly subtle.  So, if they can see humor done well (and it is done well, and often, on the Simpsons), it might help them understand that genre a little as well.

So, it's not Shakespeare.  At least, not in this episode.  But try it.  It's fun.

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The Monkey's Paw

Unit 6: Unlocking Mood and Other Elements of Horror
Lesson 8 of 18

Objective: SWBAT apply their knowledge of foreshadowing to their reading of the text.

Big Idea: Three wishes? No, thanks. I'll pass...

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