Halloween Writing for High School - Prompt, Rubric, Outline & More

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Students will write a fictional narrative inspired by Halloween, establishing an eerie tone and depicting a conflict that involves supernatural characters, elements, etc. One allusion to Halloween’s history must also be integrated into the plot.

Typically, this activity spans 2 weeks of instruction time (including in-class drafting).

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♦ A detailed, yet concise set of directions that are focused and flexible enough to accommodate your specific group of learners. Please click the PREVIEW icon below the thumbnail to view this.

♦ A thorough rubric aligned to the Common Core Standards and the 6+1 Trait Writing Model.

♦ Since this project calls on students to allude to aspects of Halloween's history, a handout to complement the viewing of The Real History of Halloween is included. YouTube links to this documentary are given, and additionally, you receive a corresponding key to the handout.

♦ A plot organizer (outline) is also included. It is divided by plot element (exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution), causing students to consider the plot's logical progression from the get-go.

♦ Three student samples, which could serve as exemplars for distribution, are also included. These samples are above-average submissions that are appropriate models for all students in a typical Creative Writing class.
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