The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Escape Room – Digital, Print, & Editable!


Is there a better way to wrap up and review The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street teleplay by Rod Serling than with an escape room? I think not! This literary-elements-themed escape room activity will challenge and engage your students while delivering a standards-based review. Perfect for your scary short story unit, your drama unit, or during October!


Teachers love using this “The Monsters of Maple Street” escape room to conclude Rod Serling’s short story. It’s highly recommended that you read and discuss the teleplay 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.

Conflict – Review the various conflicts in the story.

Theme – Review possible themes & consider how they are developed and connect to other literary elements.

Characters – Explore their interactions, reactions, and changes throughout the teleplay.

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!



⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Patricia said, “The kids loved this escape room. I did it two different ways. Some classes worked independently to escape, and other classes worked with a partner. It was really fun and well worth the time.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jessica said, “My students LOVED this resource and it was the perfect way to wrap up the story. I liked how it included several literary elements, as well as story-specific questions. My students loved doing it! We spent a full 50-minute class period completing this activity.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Alyssa said, “My students loved this Escape Room!  I made it as challenging as possible, by having them complete one section at a time and only telling them how many were correct, which made it fun and exciting because they all wanted to be the first group who got it!  I will definitely be using this resource next year as well.”


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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Natayle Brown


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