This is a one-page printable article that can be used anytime, but is especially good around Halloween time as the topic is -- why we like to be scared. Students can mark the text using whatever markers the teacher has taught, and then they are asked at the end to respond in writing.
The document is a Word file, so if you prefer to edit the final writing assignment, it's completely possible to do so before using with students.
Great article to begin a discussion about why people in our culture enjoy being scared by movies, thrill rides, haunted houses, etc.
Good for middle school or 9th grade and struggling readers in high school. Upper level high school students may not find the article challenging enough.