Monster Tales!

Monster Tales!

$720 for 24 weeks

Teachers

Allison Bruning 

Assignments

All writing assignments will be uploaded to Basecamp. You will be invited to the join Basecamp before the first session. This allows the publishing house to view the stories for the anthology after they have been edited in the Monster Lab. The stories that the students write will be collected each week in order to be published in the Monster Tales! anthology. 

 

Subjects

Writing, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, History and Science

 

Ages

9 - 13 years old

SESSIONS

 

   Session 1: Frankenstein

READING: The class will conduct an author study on Mary Shelley. Students will read the Frankenstein worksheet and Frankenstein from the Monster Writing Packet and complete the comprehension questions. We will go over the answers in class.

VOCABULARY: The class will complete the Frankenstein Facts worksheet and discuss new vocabulary terms. We will also learn how to use context clues and a dictionary to determine meaning of a word.

HISTORY: The class will learn about the Industrial Revolution and how it is related to the story of Frankenstein.

WRITING: Students will learn what informative texts are. They will learn how to write a news article using who, what, when, where, why and how. We will go over the writing process.

HOMEWORK: Pretend that you are a news reporter for the Daily Prophet. You have heard rumors of Frankenstein digging up and stealing bodies from the local cemetery. Write a news article about the event in the Daily Prophet. You only need to use the first page of this packet. Be sure to draw a picture.

 

Session 2: Monster Lab

GRAMMAR: The class will review nouns. They will complete the nouns worksheet in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their second drafts. 

 

Session 3: Ghosts 

READING: Students will read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from the Sleepy-Hollow worksheet and complete the comprehension questions. We will go over the answers in class. Students will read Ghosts from their Monster Writing packet and complete the writing assignment on the bottom of the page. We will go over everyone’s answers in class.

VOCABULARY: The class will review adjectives and adverbs. We will practice making great sentences using descriptive words. Students will learn how to write a great paragraph using the cheeseburger method (topic sentence, descriptive sentences and a concluding sentence). Students will answer the writing prompt. 

WRITING: Students will continue their study of informative texts by examining Top Ten Lists. They will create their own Top Ten Signs You’ve Been in A Haunted House and then share their list with the class. Students will construct a descriptive paragraph based on a writing prompt they are given in their Monsters Writing packet.

HOMEWORK: All cultures have ghost stories and every town has at least one haunted house everyone knows about. Write your own ghost story from where you live. Be sure it has a beginning, middle and an end.

 

Session 4: Monster Lab

GRAMMAR: The class will review verbs. They will complete the verbs worksheet in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their second drafts.

 

Session 5: Haunted House

READING: Students will read about the Winchester Haunted House, Haunted London Underground and the Russell Hotel. Students will answer comprehension questions. We will go over the questions in class. GRAMMAR: The class will review adjectives. They will complete the adjectives worksheet in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will what elements they need to include in a ghost story. The class will create ghost story using the popcorn method (someone starts a story, the next person adds to it, and so on) until we have completed a story. Students will be given a visual prompt to write their own ghost story about a haunted house. They will write as short story on the lined paper provided in their Monster Writing workbook.

HOMEWORK - Finish you short story.

 

Session 6: Monster Lab

GRAMMAR: The class will review adverbs. They will complete the adverbs worksheet in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their second drafts.

 

Session 7: Mummies

READING: Students will read the Mummy from the Monster Writing Packet and complete the comprehension questions. We will go over the answers in class.

VOCABULARY: Class will read about mummies, religion, King Tut and pyramids in the HA1_Ch03.pdf. We will go over key vocabulary words such as embalming and amulet.

History: Students will learn about Ancient Egyptian religion and mummification. Students will read Mummification and answer the comprehension questions about the mummification process. We will go over their answers. The class will read Ancient Egyptian Life: Mummies (mummies.pdf). Students will also learn about King Tut. Writing: Students will write a scary story with a mummy in it on their Monster Writing Creative Writing worksheet. Be sure it has a beginning, middle and an end.

HOMEWORK: Finish your short story.

 

Session 8: Monster Lab

GRAMMAR: The class will review articles. They will complete the articles worksheet in the Grammar Galore workbook.

We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their second drafts.

 

Session 9: Vampires

READING: Students will read Vampires from the Monster Writing Packet and "The Real Dracula". Students will complete the comprehension questions. We will go over the answers in class.

GRAMMAR: The class will review conjunctions. They will complete the conjunctions worksheet in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

HISTORY: Students will learn about the real Dracula, Vlad the Impaler. We will not go into deep into Vlad's activities, everything will be age appropriate.

WRITING: Students will be introduced to persuasive writing. Writing Prompt: Pretend that you have just been turned into a vampire. You return to your parents house but find that you can't enter the house without our parents' permission. They love you but are very scared of you. How will you persuade them to let you in? Write a one page persuasive essay to convince them that no harm will come to them if they let you in their home. 

HOMEWORK: Write a story based off of what you wrote in class. 

 

Session 10: Monster Lab

GRAMMAR: The class will review prepositions. They will complete the prepositions worksheet in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING:

Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their second drafts.

 

Session 11: Werewolves

READING: Students will read Werewolves from the Monster Writing Packet and "The Werewolf of Klein-Krams" . Students will complete the comprehension questions. We will go over the answers in class.

GRAMMAR: The class will learn about clauses. They will complete the clauses worksheet in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

SCIENCE: Students will learn about werewolf syndrome and how this genetic disorder affects humans.

WRITING: Pretend that you are a werewolf. Write a story about a Halloween night where you turned into a werewolf. What happened to you? What did you do? Use the Creative Writing worksheet in the Monster Writing packet to write your story. HOMEWORK: Write the second draft of your story.

 

Session 12: Monster Lab

GRAMMAR: The class will learn about comma splicing. They will complete the comma splicing worksheet in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their final drafts.

 

Session 13: Witches

READING: Students will read Witches from the Monster Writing Packet and complete the comprehension questions. We will go over the answers in class.

VOCABULARY: Class will review how to use context clues to determine the meaning of a word. Students will read "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble" worksheet and try to use the context clues to help them solve the meaning of the bold word. We will go over our answers in class.

HISTORY: Students will learn about the Salem Witch Trials.

WRITING: Pretend that you are a witch. Write your own special recipe for a witch's brew and what it does. Use the worksheet in your Monster Writing pack to write your story on.

HOMEWORK: Write a story about a good witch, an evil ghost and a haunted castle.

 

Session 14: Monster Lab

GRAMMAR: The class will learn about using commas. They will complete the using commas worksheet in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their second drafts.

Session 15: Zombies

READING: Students will read Zombies from the Monster Writing Packet and complete the comprehension questions. We will go over the answers in class.

GRAMMAR: The class will review parts of speech by filling out zombie story mad lib. We will read the story after we have finished filling it in.

HISTORY: The class will read "History of Zombies" and discuss elements in the informative text. Students will fill out comprehension questions. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: What if you were the only one to survive a Zombie Invasion? How would you survive? What would you do to solve the invasion? Write a descriptive paragraph on how you would solve the Zombie Invasion. Use the worksheet in your Monster Writing packet to write your paragraph.

HOMEWORK: Write a story about how you survived the Zombie Apocalypse.

 

Session 16: Monster Lab

GRAMMAR: The class will review punctuation. They will complete the using punctuation quiz worksheet in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their second drafts.

 

Session 17: Bigfoot and Aliens

READING: Students will read Bigfoot Story and complete the comprehension questions. We will go over the answers in class. GRAMMAR: The class will learn about writing dialogue in text. They will fill out the writing dialogue in the Secret Garden. We will go over their answers in class.

WRITING: Students will be introduced to picture writing prompts. They will look at the picture on the Monster Writing worksheets and write stories about what had happened. The stories must not exceed the lines provided.

HOMEWORK: Write two stories Write a story about campers who run into Bigfoot and write a story about an alien abduction. We will play with writing dice to set the setting, obstacles, award, etc. 

 

Session 18: Monster Lab

GRAMMAR: The class will review contractions They will complete The Shrink Ray 1 in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their second drafts.

 

Session 19: Monster In My Closet

READING: Class will learn what a hoax is. Students will read Monster Hoax and complete the comprehension questions. We will go over the answers in class.

GRAMMAR: The class will review what contractions are. Students will fill out The Shrink Ray 2. We will go over the answers in class. WRITING: Students will look at the picture on the Monster Writing worksheets and write stories about what had happened. The stories must not exceed the lines provided.

HOMEWORK: Write the a story about a monster in your closet.  

 

Session 20: Monster Lab

GRAMMAR: The class will review contractions. They will complete The Shrink Ray 3 in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their second drafts.

 

Session 21: Giants and Cyclops

READING: Students will read "The Selfish Giant" by Oscar Wilde and "Odysseus and Cyclops". Students will answer the comprehension questions. We will go over the answers in class.

GRAMMAR: The class will review what contractions are. Students will fill out The Shrink Ray 4. We will go over the answers in class. WRITING: Students will look at the pictures on the Monster Writing worksheets and write stories about what had happened. The stories must not exceed the lines provided.

HOMEWORK: Write a story with a friendly giant and a mean cyclops.  

 

Session 22: Monster Lab 

GRAMMAR: The class will review punctuation. They will complete punctuation for the story "Jack and the Beanstalk" in the Grammar Galore workbook. We'll go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their second drafts.

 

Session 23: Dragons and Loch Ness Monster

READING: Students will read "Chessie, Champ and Bessie" and "The Dragon's Eggs" Students will answer the comprehension questions. We will go over the answers in class.

WRITING: Students will look at the pictures on the Monster Writing worksheets and write stories about what had happened. The stories must not exceed the lines provided.

HOMEWORK: Write a story about a dragon and a magical castle and write a story about a Scottish boy or girl who befriends the Loch Ness Monster. We will play with writing dice to set the setting, obstacles, award, etc. 

 

Session 24: Monster Lab 

WRITING: Students will work one-on-one with the teacher and construct their second drafts.

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