Informational texts and short fiction to accompany Walter Dean Myers's Monster
Joanna Spyratos, 7th Grade Teacher, John W. Garvy School
The novel Monster by Walter Dean Myers is about a sixteen-year-old boy named Steve who is on trial for murder. Written in narrative and screenplay form, this novel includes themes related to violence and punishment. In my classroom I use several Applied Reading and Writing Lessons and Additional Reading Practice lessons to reveal the novel’s themes in supplementary texts. Evaluating the themes across a variety of contexts strengthens my students’ higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving tactics.
Additional Reading Practice
- Real-Life Superheroes Fight Injustice with Flair (Grades 6-8)
- Educating the Incarcerated (Grades 9-10)
- Criminal Sentencing in Urgent Need of Reform (Grades 9-10)
- Criminal Case Puts Focus on Bullying Laws (Grades 9-10)
- The Shock Machine (Grades 11-12)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Crime Prevention: What are the benefits and possible drawbacks of various approaches to crime prevention?
- Cultural Perception: How is our identity defined by how others perceive us?
- Conflict and Dominance: How do conflict and the struggle for dominance affect the human spirit?