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Sixth-graders Present “The Monkey’s Paw” Projects

After reading the classic short story “The Monkey’s Paw,” by W.W. Jacobs, sixth-graders in Emily Stettler’s English class put their own spins on the story. Stettler asked students to design their own projects that conveyed the theme and mood of “The Monkey’s Paw.” “Students had to, in some way, represent the concept, ‘Be careful what you wish for,’” Stettler said. Students could choose to work by themselves or in partners. They created a variety of interpretations, including stories set in the present day, reenactments, a stop motion short film, and a puppet show. In addition to reading the story, sixth-graders also examined other depictions of “The Monkey’s Paw” in popular culture.