Use this activity to get your students writing this Halloween!
1. Set the atmosphere. I turn out my classroom lights and use the battery operated tea-light candles from Dollar Tree to set the mood. I also play Halloween music from Spotify while they’re working.
2. Have each student create a character using the character profile worksheet (print this separately from the writing starter; it won’t be passed around with their work).
3. Use your best monster voice and start them off by saying “It was a dark and stormy night, and…” Have students add their character’s name on the line, followed by the word ‘was.’
4. At this point, let their imaginations soar to complete the sentence and add one more.
5. Have them pass their writing (not the profile sheet) to the person on their right (it’s handy to put chairs in a circle and use clipboards or move the desks out of the way and use the floor). Have that person write one sentence to continue the first person’s story however they want as long as it fits what person 1 wrote.
6. Give the next student a second to read what Person 2 wrote, then write a sentence of their own.
7. Continue these steps until either the writing gets back to the original author or the students appear to be getting bored. Have the original author finish the story.
8. Have the students read the stories aloud, then vote for their favorite! Have students add a decorative border, and display the stories in your classroom for all to appreciate!