My aim in creating this graphic reader is to provide a concise, clear and interesting introduction to the history of Halloween, from it’s roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain through it’s mixing with and absorption by other religions such as the Roman festivals of Pomona and Feralia and the Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day through to the customs it has taken on in the modern era such as trick or treating and others.
I’ve also added ‘odd facts’ about Halloween to each page to add some humour to the subject.
The Common Core states, 'There is a need in literature and social studies classes to evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats including visually and aurally.' I believe that comics and graphic readers can fulfill this standard and I hope you find this product an engaging way of teaching your students.
1. An eleven page PDF color version of the graphic reader and a second set of word and review quizzes for each of the five pages of the text. This can be used on iPads or any other electronic device as a slide show or in a book reader.
2. The same PDF comic in black and white for easy printing.
3. Three sets of writing prompts to extend the topic. The first is a timeline summary exercise of the history of Halloween. the second is a set of story prompts to write Halloween animal themed horror stories. The third is a set of essay prompts for writing a comparative essay between the customs of Halloween and other similar worldwide festivals such as Mexico’s ‘Day of the Dead’, China’s ‘Hungry Ghost’ and Japan’s ‘Obon’.
4. There are also some simple word games such as a word search, cross word and hangman for students to review some of the language used in the text.
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