The Monkey's Paw: Foreshadowing / Irony / Theme
Highlighted Story Teachers might find it helpful to refer to this version of The Monkey's Paw with highlighted passages showing foreshadowing and irony.
Foreshadowing: An Introduction
Foreshadowing in "The Monkey's Paw"
Verbal, Situational and Dramatic Irony PowerPoint
Irony in The Monkey's Paw
Insert Learning is a Google extension that allows teachers to annotate web pages with notes, highlighting, and questions. The short video below shows how students can interact with a "The Monkey's Paw" web page on commonlit.org.
By signing up for a free account, teachers can "insert learning," assign it to their students and capture the learning on the back end. You can monitor student responses in real-time and respond to students who need help the most.
If you already have the Google extension, you and your students can see the annotations that have been added to the text of "The Monkey's Paw" by clicking here. The page includes explanations of the text, open-ended questions, multiple-choice questions, a Google map showing India and England, and even a Flipgrid response at the end.
Sign up for a free account and access the Google extension by clicking here.
How to Find the Theme of the Story
Teaching Theme with Stone Soup
A short lesson on recognizing themes. PDF
A worksheet to organize themes and supporting text. PDF
The Theme of "The Monkey's Paw"
Use the same handouts above to determine the theme of "The Monkey's Paw."
Examples of themes:
- Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.
- Be satisfied with what you have, because greed can lead to tragic consequences.
- Don't interfere with fate, or tragedy may occur.
- You also might be interested in this free resource from Dominic Carrozino: "The Monkey's Paw": Determining Theme