Fast fiction is a fun and quick way to actively introduce your students to the main elements of storytelling. Students learn best when they can apply the knowledge that you are teaching them. This activity prompts them to write setting, characters, rising action, climax, and resolution so that when they are finished at the end of one class period they have their own spooky story.
This lesson includes a PowerPoint with a link to two-sentence scary stories to get them in the mood for writing horror, a guide to brainstorming as a class, and timed slides for writing their story.
I like to use this as a fun Halloween activity, and find my students are always eager to share their stories afterwards. I’ve also shared this lesson with co-workers who have used it during different times of the year outside of Halloween, and their students still enjoyed it.
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