Escape Room Break Out Box Game, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • Zip
  • Internet Activities
Video tutorial and 28 pages
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Get ready to dive into an exciting escape-room style adventure with this break-out game designed to review narrative elements in Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" with secondary students! Your students will love the exciting, modern game-like format. You will love that your students are actually enjoying reviewing the elements of fiction and that there are plenty of tools included to help you set it up with ease. Your admin will love to see that you're engaging all learners with higher order critical thinking and problem solving.

Student Experience: In this escape game with a flexible three-ways-to-play format, students must work to solve the clues in order to save Sleepy Hollow before the Headless Horseman strikes again! Students will review plot, irony, symbolism, read a paired info text, and figurative language. From the most reluctant learner to the most advanced, all of your students will be 100% engaged in solving the clues in this interactive lock box game for reviewing fiction. My students were bubbling with excitement and energy the entire period! Are you ready to UNLOCK THE FUN?!?!


-3 Ways to play (The game can be conducted with a prepackaged box that you've bought or made, with the digital Google form provided, or with teacher-led answer checking. There's nothing else for you to do. Just choose the method that works best for you and play! I've provided it all!)

-Video tutorial for teacher prep

-One stop, press print and go clue set for students (The clues are interactive, challenging, and fun. Distractions are included to enhance the difficulty level! One clue even has a paired informational text!)

-Intro slides and classroom door poster to set up scenario for students, editable

-Lesson plan, editable


*Some assembly and set up required for some clues.

*Suggested time may vary based on class.

*Requirements for the game no matter which way you play: Smart devices with QR scanners and Internet access. Access to (teacher access will be fine)

*Optional no matter which way you play: UV pen with UV flashlight. (Can be purchased online for around $10.)

*Physical Lock Box: 5-digit letter lock, 4-digit number lock, 3-digit number lock, 5-digit directional lock, key lock, hasp, box

Classroom success stories from other teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "A really awesome and engaging activity. My kids loved it so much now they are asking for escape room activities ALL the time. Thanks for the inspiration and for the excitement in my classroom!"

♥ "I used this with my 7th grade language arts classes. I opted to challenge my two honors classes by not telling them which clue went with which lock, and they found it very challenging. I gave a little more direction for my other class, and once students got the hang of it, they were off! They were all super engaged and told me that they LOVED this activity. I highly recommend this product."

♥ "Thank you so much for this! It was a really fun way to get the students interested in Halloween AND literacy."

Related "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and Elements of Fiction Resources:

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Mini Unit

Elements of Literature Terms Review Game

Plus, check out my other lock box, escape-style games, too!

MLA Escape Box

Ethos, Pathos, Logos Escape Box

Fahrenheit 451 Escape Box

The Great Gatsby Escape Box

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Terms of Use: Please one classroom use only. Not to be shared online without proper security. Additional licenses sold at a discount at checkout.

Updated 10/2019

Total Pages
Video tutorial and 28 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.


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