It’s the middle of October already and the signs are everywhere: pumpkin-lined door steps, candy displays at the grocery store, and students who are starting to slip into the doldrums. The honeymoon is over and any back to school energy has been used up.
I’ve decided to wake up my students with a creative writing assignment that will allow them to work on the skills I want them to learn AND have a little spooky fun. We are going to explore the elements of good fiction, make connections to the novels they are reading for reader’s workshop, and then they will write their own scary short story.
The first step is, of course, to set the scene. I’ve searched youtube for short clips that are appropriate for high school and not too scary for those students who are wimps like me. I’m going to show each of them and ask students to respond to the following questions: Which elements of the story create suspense? Is the video scary? Why or why not? What improvements would you suggest?
After I get their heads in my scary little game, I will give them this graphic organizer to help them start planning their own story. You can grab it for free in my store by clicking the link.
Once the plans are in place we will be using learning stations to guide them through the creative process. I’ll keep you posted on all of the scary details!
Janice Malone says
Oh my gosh… your Scary Story Freebie and these videos are fabulous. I went directly to your Halloween Creative Writing & Learning Stations product to find more materials like these.
Pamela Kranz says
I don't know about the kids, but it scares the bejeezus out of me! I bet they love this!
Room 213 says
I'm with you, Pamela!!
Amy Brown Science says
Fabulous post. Thanks so much!
Danielle Hall says
Awesome! I love this idea!
I love incorporating video clips in my classroom, also. Great ideas!
Biology Roots says
I love this! Thank you!
Michele Luck says
Fun idea for the month. I was so afraid of Freddie, so I would have been terrified and filled with plenty of writing inspiration after each clip!
Addie Williams says
What a fun idea to use the video clips!! My students will love this!
Darlene Anne says
Oh my gosh…these videos are amazing! My kids will love them! And thank you for reminding me to check under the bed.
This idea, paired with your graphic organizer, will be a huge hit!
Ms. Fuller says
Love using videos in the classroom! Thanks!
Mrs. Spangler in the Middle says
Thanks for the great video clips! This is perfect for me as we work on the writing process in my learning strategies class!
Mrs. Spangler in the Middle
Mrs. Meyer says
Thank you for the clips- my students really enjoyed these and they were a great inspiration for their “Scary Story” writing Unit!
Room 213 says
Happy to hear that!
what age group/grade do you recommend this for?
Room 213 says
I’ve had teachers from sixth to twelfth grade use it. It’s very adaptable (and a lot of fun!)