Students love spooky stories and this activity will expose students to all genre and types of media and keep them fully engaged.
I have included many resources in this zip file including:
-poems with a spooky theme
-excerpts from popular horror novels like Lockdown and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
-Roald Dahl short stories and ghost stories
-Songs with spooky music and/or lyrics
-Writing prompts for students to create their own ghost story
- the link to my Blendspace account for students to also explore trailers and short videos that provoke suspense (the link is used with three stations - videos, songs and quotes/images)
Lesson Plan Overview:
What is the Horror Genre? How does an author create suspense using powerful language like imagery? How does the author's word choice impact the mood/tone?
Content Objective: Students will identify and analyze author's purpose, author's style and author's craft.
Standards addressed: 8.RI.1.1 Cite textual evidence, 8.RI.1.2 Provide an objective summary of the text. 8.RI.1.3 Analyze how a text makes connections 8.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases. 8.RI.2.6 Determine author’s purpose. 8.SL1.1b Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making. 8.SL1.1c Pose and respond to questions. 8.SL2.4 Present claims and findings 8.W.1.2b Develop a topic 8.W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing. 8.L1.2a Use punctuation to indicate a pause or break 8.L3.4c Consult reference materials, both print and digital
Key Terms: horror, genre, author's style, author’s craft, diction
Activities: Students will begin a text-triangulation activity that moves them through a rotation of 7 various stations. The stations will be set up for students to compare and contrast horror/suspense, author's style and craft through the avenues of 1. music 2. video/film clips 3. poetry 4. excerpts from fictional novels 5. short stories 6. non-fiction articles 7. images and quotes
Students will access Blendspace on the laptops or the printed materials in their textbooks, workbooks or information in the manila folders at each station and collaborate with their group members to analyze setting, mood/tone, diction, author's style and author's craft.
Students will respond to each type of text/media by recording how author’s style, author’s craft and diction created suspense and horror in the text/media.
This activity is great in conjunction with my daily Jumpstarts for Horror Unit vocabulary and punctuation quizzes.