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May 09, 2007
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Reading:
Read for 30 minutes and record the following on their reading on your reading log:
Genre (fiction or nonfiction)
Date
Title
Reading level
Actual pages read (example 21-47)
Minutes read
One-sentence summary

Night Write:
If you were a resident on Maple Street, how would you have responded to the strange events?
Literature pg. 664-665

Warm Up:
I just heard this morning that the state of Georgia will be extending the school day beginning this August. Write a paragraph explaining your response to this issue.

Activity 1:
Share warm-up responses with the students at your table.

Activity 2:
Play the game of “Gossip.”

Activity 3:
Your emotional response to the warm up and the results of the “Gossip” game are similar to the characters in “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.”

Activity 4:
What is the difference between prejudice and suspicion? Discuss this as a whole class.

Activity 5:
Tell a summary of the play: Hysteria is caused by the community’s prejudice and suspension.
Explain that the narrator’s speech is the one that Rod Serling used to introduce each episode of The Twilight Zone.” Read this paragraph aloud to the students.

Activity 6:
Explain the importance of stage directions when reading a play. Students are to read the stage directions silently on pg. 667 to identify the kinds of directions the stage directions contain.
What is the fifth dimension?
The fifth dimension is the dimension of the imagination.

Activity 7:
Students are to read the 1st bracketed section on pg. 668 to describe the setting. Why do you think Rod Serling chose this kind of place for the setting of the story?

Prediction: Will the people be able to continue their ordinary lives after the flash in the sky? Students will need to list the evidence used in determining this prediction. Students may work on this in their table group.

Activity 8:
Students are to read the bracketed stage directions on pg. 668 to determine what is happening to the people mentioned in the stage directions.

Activity 9:
Students are to read pg. 668 silently to answer the following:
Do you think the events described in the stage directions are included to move the action forward or to hint that something strange is happening? Explain.

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