Halloween Short Research Project: Myths, Ghosts, & Legends Media Presentation

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Julie Faulkner
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6th - 12th, Homeschool
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using this as a premise, we found out about a haunted motel near us and went to visit - super awesome!
This was a great resource to use with my students the day before Halloween. It allowed me to still teach Geography but with a spooky focus as well.
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With this standards-based short research task AND a digital media presentation project, your middle and high school students will be 100% engaged on Halloween.

Student Experience: Students will be assigned a myth from their state or from a state in the US. They will research and create a media presentation to share their findings. This type of assignment is very flexible and is 100% editable. It could be used to teach MLA and research, review MLA, conclude a unit on Dark Romantic or Gothic literature, or in a non ELA class looking to incorporate research on Halloween in a fun way. This is also a great assignment in gaining familiarity with literary and cultural figures so as to build students’ background knowledge of geography or culture which in turns makes recognizing allusions easier.

Suggestions for use are included, as well as are the student directions, rubrics, and CCSS. Included are the myths I chose to have my students research and links to other states' legends to make your job easier.

Classroom success stories from teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "Great mini project! Nice added touch...Common Core standards! Thanks!"

♥ "What a great way to make research interesting for my students."

♥ "What a fun activity!!"

♥ "My students are currently working on this right now and they are really engaged and excited about this!"

♥ "Used this as a sub plan around Halloween. The students enjoyed researching and presenting their findings."

♥ "Thank you for making such a comprehensive and well-made resource!"

♥ "Creepy and engaging! Perfect for high schoolers and the Halloween season!"

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Updated 2020

Total Pages
5 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.


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