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Get students hooked and keep them engaged using the theme of horror. By occasionally providing scary stories and lessons you'll have them in the palm of your hand and giving them plenty of reasons to want to be in your class doing their work - all year long!. With these highly engaging lessons, they will practice their reading analysis and narrative writing skills - and ask for more!
"The Tale of the Monkey's Paw"
This classic tale of horror is especially enjoyable for teens. Thorough analysis of "The Tale of the Monkey's Paw" in this fifteen-page lesson packet for middle and high. Pre-reading activity sheet. Visual dictionary. Sequence organizer. Analysis worksheet - 20+ questions focused on the elements of fiction. Multi-learning styles.
Before, during, and after reading reflections can be used for individual assessment or in a small group. Probing questions assessing students' mastery of literary devices, inference, and providing textual evidence - all of which promote deep-level thinking.
"From Beyond" by H.P. Lovecraft
Known as "the man who can scare Stephen King," H.P. Lovecraft is a master of horror. This lesson introduces students to his style of writing with the short story "From Beyond."
Illustrated Text of "From Beyond"
Standards for ELA
Tips for Teachers (throughout)
Anticipatory Brainstorm: 3 Activities
H.P. Lovecraft Biographical & Literary Information
Vocabulary for Short Story
Short Story Analysis Forms
Fan Fiction Writing Prompt
Lovecraft used the power of the unknown to inspire and horrify his readers. A lot of our contemporary cultural understanding of what goes into the horror genre comes from his stories. He had a profound influence on subsequent horror and science fiction writers. In his essay, "Supernatural Horror in Literature," Lovecraft writes: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
"The Cask of Amontillado"
This classic tale of horror from Edgar Allan Poe is Common Core State Standards ELA and Quality Core Aligned. Post-reading activity. Students must analyze characterization, symbolism, mood, irony, point of view, and more - plus they must support their interpretations with textual evidence. Also a fan-fiction creative writing prompt is included. Lastly, students create a graffiti wall of symbolism for your classroom. Fun and engaging! Original art by Mira-Francine. For commercial use, please provide credit and a link back to my store.
Editable Contents include:
Overview of Escape Room Tasks
Answer Keys for Task Cards and Keys
Contents of Team Packets (to help you compile)
Signs and Keys with Teacher’s Guide
Team Clues Talley Cards
Cipher Decoding Maze
Expectations and Procedures
Final Checklist and Scoring Guide
Six Keys – One for Each Mission
Mission One: Capture the Key from the Raven
Mission Two: Break into the Poe Family Mausoleum
Mission Three: Grab Poe, Write Message on Tee, Run
Mission Four: Awaken Poe from his Dream
Mission Five: Lure Away the Ghost
Mission Six: Escape through the Tunnel and Back Gate
3) Horror Mini-Lessons. Currently 46 pages of creative and engaging lessons ... and growing! These lessons aren't really just about teaching the genre of horror, they're about using the genre to teach other concepts and to keep students interested in what you have to teach. It's also a great discipline management strategy because they'll do what it takes to be rewarded with lessons such as these. Providing this level of engagement is one of my secrets to great classroom management.
Currently 200+ beautiful pages of creative and enjoyable lessons ... and growing!
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