This is a creative writing unit that is really fun to do for Halloween! One great publishing idea is to have the kids bring in blankets and flashlights so they can make forts. Then, you can turn off all the lights in the room and send small groups of students to go inside the forts. They can read their scary stories by flashlight to their friends! Included in this writing unit are:
• Prewriting graphic organizing worksheets to help develop story ideas, build character descriptions, create a problem and solution, and organize events in the story.
• Lined writing paper with scary-themed borders for first drafts and final copies in color and black and white.
• Teacher record-keeping/observation form for taking notes during the writing conferences
• Revising checklist for self-revising, peer-revising, and teacher-revising
• Editing checklist for peer-editing
Mentor Text to Read as Examples of Scary Stories:
These picture books are great examples of scary stories. Read a few to the class and challenge them to think like a writer as they are listening. Ask them to think about all the parts that make up a good scary story. Then complete the first graphic organizing sheet, “What’s in a Scary Story?” together.
• Tell Me A Scary Story…But Not Too Scary by Carl Reiner
• Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting
• In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting
• The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams
• The Spooky Haunted Mansion by Jan Thornton
• The Scary Sleepover by Ulrich Karger
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