Suspense stories provide a fun, engaging writing activity for students. Sometimes students need a break from their regular writing curriculum and this is an exciting, but purposeful, alternative!
Synopsis: Jonah is thrilled to start the first day of school in Mrs. Taylor's class. Unfortunately, Mrs. Taylor never returns to pick up her students from music class and an unpleasant mystery woman takes her place.
How to use Suspense Stories:
Read the “Story Starter” aloud to students. I usually read the starter twice so that students are able to remember the details. Each student will write an ending to the story.
I ask each student to write his/her first draft on notebook paper. My requirement for story length is ¾ of a page but you can require any length you think is appropriate for your students.
Once students’ rough drafts are done, I ask them to pair with another student to proofread/edit each other’s writing.
Students are now ready to write their final drafts! I ask students to use the lined final draft paper included in this resource.
Students enjoy reading their stories to the class. Choose a few volunteers to read their stories aloud.
Use the provided rubric to grade students’ final drafts. I included a rubric marked A-D and a rubric marked 1.0-4.0 for your convenience.
Notes for teachers are included in this resource!
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Here are some other titles in my Suspense Stories series:
Suspense Stories: Farm Drama
Suspense Stories: Valley Forge Recruit
Suspense Stories: The Mars Compound
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