The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Presented by: Ms. Marshall
Teleplay • A teleplay is a script for a television movie or program. The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street is an actual episode of a science fiction series called The Twilight Zone.
Symbol • A symbol is something that stands for something else. • Maple Street symbolizes streets everywhere, suggesting that people everywhere can behave like the Maple Street residents. • Try to identify other examples of symbolism as we read the teleplay.
Complications • Complications are meant to increase our anxiety about how the story will finally end.
Inference • An inference is an educated guess, a conclusion that makes sense because it’s supported by evidence. • As you are reading the story, you will stop and make inferences when you see the inference symbol.
Now, let us pause to review the vocabulary and complete a vocabulary activity.
Vocabulary • Tell about a time you were transfixed by something on television. • Mutter a phrase that is not intelligible. • Write a sentence that includes the words assent and variations. • Describe something tremendous that intimidated a child. • Describe an idiosyncrasy of someone you know.
Vocabulary • Tell about something that is a menace to society. • Draw a picture of coyotes converging on their prey. • Give an explicit direction.
Teleplay Terms • Teleplay • Screenplay • Fade In • Pan • Fade to Black • Cut to • Outside Shot • Long Shot • Close-up • Opening Shot • Dissolve
Storyboard Activity • Now that we have read the story, you will create a storyboard to show that you comprehended the story. You will draw boxes on a sheet of white paper to depict the major events in the story. Under each picture, you will include a piece of dialogue that will serve as a caption.