Written by Mary B. Collins
Essentially a complete teacher's guide and novel unit, this LitPlan Teacher Pack includes lesson plans and reproducible student materials for Monster by Walter Dean Myers.
18 Daily Lessons
Short answer study questions
Multiple choice quiz questions
Vocabulary worksheets for each reading assignment
3 detailed writing assignments
Individual and group activities
Critical thinking discussion questions
5 unit tests (2 short answer, 2 multiple choice, 1 advanced)
Review puzzles & games
Bulletin board ideas
Reproducible student materials
A Few Additional Notes
Students create a film diary of one day in their lives. They have one day in which they explore careers in the criminal justice system and in film-making. They work together in small groups to document and explore the themes of the book. In addition, there is a class period when guest speakers come to talk about the criminal justice system and their roles in it.
There are three writing assignments in this unit, each with the purpose of informing, persuading, or expressing personal opinions. In the first assignment, students write a film script to document one day in their lives. In assignment number two, students pretend they are Steve, and they write a letter to Petrocelli to convince her that Steve is not a monster. Finally, in the third writing assignment, students respond to the comment Steve wanted to make to his little brother, "Consider all the tomorrows of your life" as it applies to them, personally.
These materials are geared for whole class use but are very easily adapted for independent study work, lit circles or book groups, home school use, or tutoring. If you have never taught this book before, this manual will give you a great foundation of materials on a variety of levels. If you have taught this book before, you might like to know that many veteran teachers have told us they have found our LitPlan Teacher Pack manuals to be much more thorough and more helpful than other materials they have used.
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