Language Arts Lessons Horror Bundle | Middle School and High School

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    1. Are you ready to take teaching and learning to the next level? These 13 resources guide you in teaching standards and skills with strategies to enthuse and engage your students. And keep them engaged!Check it out! Your students will be glad you did!
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    Hook your students and keep them engaged by injecting the theme of horror into your lesson resources. With these scary stories and lessons, you'll have them in the palm of your hand and give them plenty of reasons to want to be in your class doing their work - all year long!

    With these highly engaging lessons, they will practice their reading analysis and narrative writing skills - and ask for more! Great for secondary and middle school writing and close reading practice.

    Bundle Includes:

    1) Classic Short Horror Stories Bundle.

    Contents include:

    "The Tale of the Monkey's Paw"

    This classic tale of horror is especially enjoyable for teens. Thorough analysis of "The Tale of the Monkey's Paw" in this fifteen-page lesson packet for middle and high. Pre-reading activity sheet. Visual dictionary. Sequence organizer. Analysis worksheet - 20+ questions focused on the elements of fiction. Multi-learning styles.

    Before, during, and after reading reflections can be used for individual assessment or in a small group. Probing questions assessing students' mastery of literary devices, inference, and providing textual evidence - all of which promote deep-level thinking.

    "From Beyond" by H.P. Lovecraft

    Known as "the man who can scare Stephen King," H.P. Lovecraft is a master of horror. This lesson introduces students to his style of writing with the short story "From Beyond."

    Contents Include:

    Illustrated Text of "From Beyond"

    Standards for ELA

    Tips for Teachers (throughout)

    Anticipatory Brainstorm: 3 Activities

    H.P. Lovecraft Biographical & Literary Information

    Vocabulary for Short Story

    Short Story Analysis Forms

    Fan Fiction Writing Prompt

    Lovecraft used the power of the unknown to inspire and horrify his readers. A lot of our contemporary cultural understanding of what goes into the horror genre comes from his stories. He had a profound influence on subsequent horror and science fiction writers. In his essay, "Supernatural Horror in Literature," Lovecraft writes: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”

    "The Cask of Amontillado"

    This classic tale of horror from Edgar Allan Poe is Common Core State Standards ELA and Quality Core Aligned. Post-reading activity. Students must analyze characterization, symbolism, mood, irony, point of view, and more - plus they must support their interpretations with textual evidence. Also a fan-fiction creative writing prompt is included. Lastly, students create a graffiti wall of symbolism for your classroom. Fun and engaging! Original art by Mira-Francine. For commercial use, please provide credit and a link back to my store.

    2) Edgar Allan Poe Graveyard Breakout Escape Room.

    Editable Contents include:

    Overview of Escape Room Tasks

    Step-by-Step Instructions

    Answer Keys for Task Cards and Keys

    Contents of Team Packets (to help you compile)

    Signs and Keys with Teacher’s Guide

    Team Clues Talley Cards

    Cipher Decoding Maze

    Expectations and Procedures

    Final Checklist and Scoring Guide

    Six Keys – One for Each Mission

    Mission One: Capture the Key from the Raven

    Mission Two: Break into the Poe Family Mausoleum

    Mission Three: Grab Poe, Write Message on Tee, Run

    Mission Four: Awaken Poe from his Dream

    Mission Five: Lure Away the Ghost

    Mission Six: Escape through the Tunnel and Back Gate

    3) Horror Mini-Lessons. Currently 46 pages of creative and engaging lessons ... and growing! These lessons aren't really just about teaching the genre of horror, they're about using the genre to teach other concepts and to keep students interested in what you have to teach. It's also a great discipline management strategy because they'll do what it takes to be rewarded with lessons such as these. Providing this level of engagement is one of my secrets to great classroom management.


    Currently 200+ beautiful pages of creative and enjoyable lessons ... and growing!

    List of Products for You and Your Students to Love:

    Lessons with Song Lyrics

    1. My Life Symbolized by Song Titles

    2. Coldplay's "Violet Hill" Song Lyric Analysis Lesson

    ELA Games

    1. Literary/Poetic Devices "Tab-shoo"

    2. Literary Elements "Tab-shoo"

    3. Characterization: Character Portrayal Game

    4. "Name That Tone" - Author's Tone Game

    Total Pages
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    Teaching Duration
    2 Weeks
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
    Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
    Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
    Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


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