Haunted House for Sale- Descriptive + Persuasive Writing Activity
Did you purchase those amazingly adorable Haunted House blank books from the Target Dollar Spot? Me too! Do you have no idea what to do with them? I didn’t either, but then it dawned on me… SELL the haunted house!
**If you don’t have the books, this is still a GREAT writing activity for Halloween—and a fun display for your October bulletin board! It even hits several Writing standards in grades 2-5 :) #score
Your students will be directed to create an informational booklet to describe every detail of a haunted house. As the #1 Real Estate Agent in the state, they’re expected to SELL IT! Can they do it?!
Zoom In: Front Yard
Zoom In: House
Zoom In: Step Inside (x2)
Zoom In: Backyard
Sell It: Persuade the Reader
All pages include specific directions, a checklist of “Things to Consider”, and a suggested range of sentences. They will have to "zoom in" on specific features of the haunted house, challenging them to SHOW the reader, not tell. If your students need more space, simply print out another copy and they can glue it into their book.
My books are set up with the writing on the right side of the page, and an illustration to match it drawn on the left. You can arrange yours however you prefer, or have your students choose how they want it set up!
If you don’t have the booklets, I recommend folding a piece of card stock or construction paper, stapling the pages inside, and trimming the page to fit. Glue the title page on the front cover and have students decorate it!
This is a great writing activity to review adjectives and point of view, too! I instruct my students to NOT use the words: I, me, my. It should read like a housing listing you’d read in the newspaper or online. This is more challenging than it sounds. They want to write an elaborate story about being in a haunted house… stop them and correct them :) This is meant to be a description of specific details of a haunted house. Not a creepy narrative story.
Use this activity during your writing block, it works well with a writing workshop model. Or have students complete it during centers. I suggest beginning with a brainstorm of a haunted house… looks like, sounds like, feels like… or if you’d prefer, focus on nouns, verbs and adjectives.