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Halloween Writing - Write a Scary Story - Digital and Print

Grade Levels
2nd - 5th
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When it comes to getting students to write stories that will keep readers or listeners on the edge of their seats, nothing beats a good old-fashioned SCARY STORY. This Halloween Narrative Writing Unit is perfect to help your kiddos write super scary stories! There is even a Google Slides version if you are doing distance learning. Click on the VIDEO PREVIEW to see the Google Slides version.

This file has been updated, so be sure to re-download if you already own it! Click on the PREVIEW to see everything that is included.

Over the years, I'd have my kids write scary stories. But, I was disappointed by the majority of the stories I got. So, I developed a formula that worked for me.  It's just two magic words: CHOICE and TOOLS.  

I provided my kids with a buffet of plots, settings, and characters.  They were intrigued. Suddenly they had the FREEDOM to concoct a story that was guaranteed to spook their audience. They didn't have to respond to the same writing prompt.

The graphic organizers help your students plan and organize their stories, develop their characters, and use descriptive words in their writing. Keeping students engaged in writing is foolproof when they are given choices and the tools to plan and write a great scary story.

Included in the packet is everything you need to set up a Halloween or Scary Story writing center in your classroom or with distance learning. The instructions and links for Google Slides are included in the Distance Learning Guide that is a PDF and included in your download.


In this Halloween Writing Center: Write A Scary Story, you will find:

  • How To Write a Scary Story PowerPoint
  • 9 Scary Story Setting Cards
  • 14 Scary Story Problem Cards
  • 24 Scary Story Character Cards
  • 27 Scary Story Item Cards
  • Sensory Words Graphic Organizer
  • My Very Scary Story Map
  • Scary Story Summary Graphic Organizer
  • Scary Story Checklist
  • Scary Story Writing Rubric
  • Writing Papers
  • A Scary Story poster for your center
  • Word lists for sensory words, vivid verbs, spooky words, character traits, transition words, and emotions

The Google Slides version contains all these elements as well

Be sure to check out the preview to see all the items included in this product!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.
Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.


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