HALLOWEEN SHORT STORY UNIT: SCARY AND SURPRISING STORIES

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SCARY & SURPRISING SHORT STORY UNIT FOR HALLOWEEN

Use this creepy, freaky, and spooky short stories unit to engage your students in reading and writing. This is the perfect unit to use around Halloween, but it can be used at any point in the year! These stories are always a huge hit with my students!

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♥ This was a big hit in my class. We used this during October and did one story a week. Wonderful PowerPoint that kept the kids interested.

♥ These plans are amazing. Everything is laid out for the teacher and there are more than enough activities to accompany each story. Thank you!

♥ I love the powerpoints that go along with each short story! Amazing resource for my 8th grade lit class!

♥ I am super excited to use these stories in my 7th grade ELA classes! Thank you for putting these resources in one place and for making them so easy to use!

♥ I can NOT wait to use these with my 7th graders! LOVE!

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A SOUND OF THUNDER BY RAY BRADBURY
Send your students back in time to hunt dinosaurs with Ray Bradbury’s short story, A Sound of Thunder. Included:

• A 24 slide Powerpoint presentation to guide you through the lesson. Includes discussion questions, author biographical information, link to comic book version of the story, answers to questions for whole class review, information on the Butterfly Effect and descriptive writing.

• 2 page question assignment for students (includes 3 basic comprehension questions and 5 analysis questions).

• Detailed answer key for questions

• Descriptive writing pre-planning sheet
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THE OPEN WINDOW BY SAKI
Enter Vera's mischievous world of ghost stories with the short story, The Open Window, by Saki. Included:

• A 30 slide Powerpoint presentation that guides you through the lesson. The Powerpoint includes an author biography, vocabulary, discussion questions and answers, analysis notes, and video clips!

• A pre-reading vocabulary in context assignment that gives students the background knowledge they need to understand the story.

• A show what you know assignment with 5 analysis questions (answers are provided in the Powerpoint and a printable answer key is also included)

• A creative letter writing assignment that students will love!
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LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER BY ROALD DAHL
This short story has always, without fail, been a hit in every English class I have taught. The students love this story and never see the end coming! Included:

• A 20 Slide PowerPoint presentation which includes the following Information:

→ Information on Roald Dahl
→ Pre-reading discussion points
→ After reading discussion
→ 5 Analysis questions with answers (comprehension and higher order)
→ Notes on genre, characters, theme, dramatic irony.

• A fun creative assignment for students to complete and share!

• A question sheet for students to complete.

• A link to a 30 minute video of the story to watch after reading
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THE LANDLADY BY ROALD DAHL
Use Roald Dahl's creepy short story, "The Landlady" to get your middle/high school students in the Halloween spirit! Included:

• 26 Slide Powerpoint presentation to guide you through the lesson. Includes author and short story background info, predictions, vocabulary, answers to questions, analysis notes on setting, plot, character, conflict, theme, and mood.

• A foldable assignment booklet (requires double sided photocopying or printing). Included in the booklet are 6 reading/analysis questions, a character analysis graphic organizer, and a creative response prompt to the text.

• A link to a video interpretation of the short story (Youtube required)
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THE TELL TALE HEART BY EDGAR ALLAN POE
Introduce Edgar Allan Poe's most famous short story, with everything you need to teach The Tell Tale Heart. Included:

• A 23 slide PowerPoint presentation that will guide you through the entire lesson!

• Links to two videos which relate to the story

• The full text of the story with space made on the side for note-taking and predictions

• Teacher instructions for how to implement the lesson.

• Various worksheets and activities including:
→ Tell Tale Heart Literary Terms Worksheet
→ Tell Tale Heart Vocabulary
→ Tell Tale Heart Comprehension Questions
→ Prequel Or Sequel Writing Exercise
→ The Tell Tale Police Report
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THE MONKEY'S PAW BY W.W. JACOBS
Be careful what you wish for! The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs is a mysterious and frightening tale that is sure to catch your students' attention. Included:

• A 38 slide Powerpoint presentation that guides you through the lesson. The Powerpoint includes an author biography, vocabulary, discussion questions and answers, analysis notes, and video clips!

• A pre-reading vocabulary in context assignment that gives students the background knowledge they need to understand the story.

• A show what you know assignment with 5 analysis questions (answers are provided in the Powerpoint and a printable answer key is also included)

• A character analysis assignment using the "It Says, I Say, And So" method.

• A final creative assignment where students finish the cliffhanger by writing an alternate ending to the spooky story.
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THE LOTTERY BY SHIRLEY JACKSON
Have your students examine a horrifying tradition in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery. Included:

• A 24 slide PowerPoint presentation that includes the following:

→ An overview of North American traditions that are blindly followed
→ Discussion Questions for pre-reading
→ Biographical information about Shirley Jackson
→ Post reading discussion points
→ 5 Questions for students to answer (question sheet and answers provided)
→ Notes on themes and symbolism in the short story
→ A 20 minute video of The Lottery (link provided)

• A creative project with handouts and graphic organizers for students to complete

• Templates students can use to complete the assignment

• A rubric for marking the project.
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***PLEASE NOTE: Some of the stories found in this unit plan are also included in my Short Stories Unit Plan. Contact me if you require more details: prestoplans@gmail.com
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HALLOWEEN SHORT STORY UNIT: SCARY AND SURPRISING STORIES
HALLOWEEN SHORT STORY UNIT: SCARY AND SURPRISING STORIES
HALLOWEEN SHORT STORY UNIT: SCARY AND SURPRISING STORIES
HALLOWEEN SHORT STORY UNIT: SCARY AND SURPRISING STORIES