Halloween Listening & Writing Activities
Halloween activities for middle or high school students that focus on skills and fun!
This bundle of activities will allow you to explore some spooky ideas while your students work on their listening skills. There are opportunities for them to practice and demonstrate their writing skills as well, with writing prompts and a short, descriptive paragraph. Each of the five activities can be used alone, or combined to create a full unit.
Here's what you'll get in this Halloween resource:
Activity One: What makes us afraid?
You will begin with a discussion and build to a writing activity where students use descriptive showing details to capture a moment of fear. You will have an option for independent or collaborative work, a mentor text, and a rubric to grade the paragraphs students write.
Activity Two: Why do some people seek out scary experiences?
In this activity, students will discuss their ideas on why this is true; then, you’ll watch a short video where the narrator presents theories on why some humans like to be afraid. Students will be instructed to take notes as they view, and you will use the slideshow to guide your discussion after. Should you wish to extend this activity, there is another short video that explores our fascination with horror movies.
Activity Three: Humanity’s Greatest Fear
This activity focuses on a video by Hank Green, who explores the one fear that is the foundation for all of the others we humans feel. Writing prompts and class discussion will lead to lots of student engagement!
Activity Four & Five: The Lore Podcast
I’ve provided resources that you can use with two of the podcast episodes, one about axe murderers and another about the history of witchcraft. You’ll get comprehension questions as well as ones that will guide students to explore the rich language that the narrator uses.
This resource includes:
- Detailed lesson plans
- Editable slideshows to guide your lessons & discussions
- Editable handouts for students
- An editable rubric you can use to assess their descriptive paragraphs
Your prep for the lesson will quick and easy: Just print the student pages, load the slideshows, and you're ready for the lessons.
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