Storyboard Scenes: Monkey Paw

Arts Integration Lesson Plan


Lesson Title:
Content Area: ELAFine Arts Area: Visual/Media Arts
Grade Level:  11th GradeTeacher: Ginny Callahan


Standards and Alignment
Content Area Standard:ELA.11.5 Students will analyze and evaluate short stories, apply knowledge of literary devices and elements to support interpretation.Fine Arts Standard:FA 12.1.1.a Engage in pre-production processes to prepare content and systems for production in media arts (e.g., scripting, storyboarding (glossary), choreographing).
Key Vocabulary:Stop motionShapeFormStoryboardScriptMaterials List:Sculpey clayCardstock paperToothpicksWire?Aluminum foilClay toolsStop Motion AppPhone/tablet/laptop


Lesson Delivery
Prior to delivery of the Fine Arts lesson, students will read and analyze a short story and identify different literary devices and elements. This analysis will be used to create a play which will become the foundation for the stop action production.  The text is Jacobs’s The Monkey’s Paw.Students will use the Storyboard template to plan out each “scene” they will recreate from The Monkey’s Paw. They will pay close attention to what characters are in their storyboard, and what characteristics they each have. After completing the storyboard, students will write a script for the characters. Once they have both their storyboard and script complete, students will then use the Stop Motion app to create a stop motion production based on The Monkey’s Paw. Students may use clay or paper/drawings/collage (or a combination thereof) to create their Stop Motion story. Talk about shapes (2D) and forms (3D). Stop animation is a way to create a movie where the camera stops and starts over and over to create a sequence of images that give the appearance of a moving picture.


Assessment and Reflection
Content Assessment:  Students will answer questions associated with the text.Arts Assessment:Students used either 2D shapes of 3D forms (or a combination thereof). Students followed their storyboard and script to create their top motion animation.
Student Reflection:Teacher Reflection:



Visuals and Handouts
Students will be provided with a copy of the text and have the opportunity to watch a dramatic presentation of the story.