High School Creative Writing: Halloween Narrative Project (Prompt, Rubric, More)

High School Creative Writing: Halloween Narrative Project (Prompt, Rubric, 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.

Learning Targets:

  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.3).
  • Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation and its significance, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.3.A).
  • Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.3.B).
  • Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole and build toward a suspenseful tone and outcome (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.3.C).
  • Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.3.D).
  • Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.3.E).
  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.7).
  • Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.11-12.3).

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Total Pages
24 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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