Halloween Activities - Middle School - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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7th - 9th, Homeschool
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  1. Engage your middle school Language Arts classes with these spooky short stories! Students will learn about suspense, foreshadowing, characterization, satire and more with these fun Halloween lessons! Short stories include "A Ghost Story" by Mark Twain, "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "
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"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is the perfect short story to read with middle school students around Halloween! This PDF file contains everything you need (worksheets, assignments, etc.) to help you Language Arts students read and analyze the haunted tale. The best part? Zero preparation is required! Simply print and go!

First, a Slides Presentation is included that introduces the story and helps build students background knowledge, introduces the setting, the characters and more! These resources can be used with Washington Irving's full text OR a slightly shortened and simplified version of the short story has been included. The adaptation is an easier version to understand, making it more accessible to middle school students.

Multiple Student Assignment Worksheets are included to help students practice important English Language Arts skills. Assignments include a character analysis assignment; a context clue vocabulary assignment; and a fun figurative language activity. Answer Keys are Included!

Digital Options for assignments are available via TpT's EASEL Activities!

What's Included in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Lesson?

  • Slides Presentation introducing story and building students' background knowledge.
  • A modified, simplified version of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.
  • Character Analysis Assignment
  • Context Clue Vocabulary Assignment
  • Fun Figurative Language Activity
  • Answer Keys!
  • Teacher Guidelines and Instructions
  • Detailed Lesson Outline for Teachers

ELA Content Taught and Reviewed:

More Spooky & Suspenseful Short Stories:

"A Ghost Story" by Mark Twain: Satire & Suspense

"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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