The Monkey’s Paw Escape Room – Digital, Printable, & Editable!


Wrap up W.W. Jacob’s macabre tale of “The Monkey’s Paw” with an unforgettable (& standards-based) escape room. This literary-elements-themed escape room activity will have your students 100% engaged and 100% challenged! Use this ELA escape room in October or anytime during the school year to review the literary elements.


Teachers love using this “The Monkey’s Paw” escape room to conclude W.W. Jacob’s short story. It’s highly recommended that you read and discuss the story before putting students through this escape room. Trust me; the experience is much more fun when students have a solid understanding of the events that transpired in the story!

There are four breakouts for students to work through:

Plot Structure – Review various elements of the plot structure.

Characters & Conflict – Review conflict in the story as well as individual character attitudes and motivations.

Setting & Mood – Review how the setting and mood create the grim and foreboding atmosphere this story is most known for.

Foreshadowing – Identify several examples of foreshadowing in the story, and as an exit ticket, choose one to explain.

You can use this escape room with Breakout EDU kits, Google Forms, or paper and pencil. I’ve included options for ALL three methods!

PLUS, you’ll also receive my editable PowerPoint so you can adjust the levels of questioning as needed for your students!



⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Josephine said, “Great way to review the story when we were finished. My students LOVED it!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kelly said, “This was a great activity to culminate our reading of “The Monkey’s Paw”  Not too hard , but just challenging enough.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Elizabeth said, “100% of my students were engaged with this activity. It was challenging but very fun.”


Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RL.6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5

RL.7.1, 7.2, 7.3

RL.8.1, RL.8.2



If you assign the Google Form Escape Room and your students receive an “Access Denied” error message, your district has likely blocked students from opening Google files owned by someone outside your district. 

You can solve this by making your “teacher copy” of the slides, then sharing your document links with the students.


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Purchase the Scary Short Stories Bundle to get this activity plus a few more mentioned above!

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Natayle Brown


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