The Monkey's Paw: Foreshadowing / Irony / Theme

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    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"

    Use the worksheet to find examples of foreshadowing and to explain those selections.  PDF PDF / PDF Fillable PDF 


    Verbal, Situational and Dramatic Irony PowerPoint

    Oh the Irony with hand holding an iron

    Teaching Irony PowerPoint

    Irony Practice

    Choose whether the example Is Verbal, Dramatic, or Situational irony. PDF /  Fillable PDF

    Irony in The Monkey's Paw

    Use the worksheet to find examples of irony and explain those examples.   PDF /  Fillable PDF 

    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

    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.

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    How to Find the Theme of the Story

    Teaching Theme with Stone Soup

    Cover of Stone Soup  

    Access Stone Soup in ASL (featuring storyteller Lisa Cochran) or read it here online.


    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