Use "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving to make Halloween connections in your secondary ELA class. In addition to analyzing author's style, students include character, setting, plot, and theme in their own story writing. This activity gives students practice with narrative writing and helps prepare them for PARCC and other standardized writing assessments.
After reading the story, students write a new ending with this creative writing prompt. To guide students on their writing journey, these handout activities and graphic organizers help them analyze Irving's style and incorporate narrative elements.
Are you interested in other lessons for this story or for Halloween? See the resources below:
Washington Irving Story & The New York Times Article
Interdisciplinary Connections with Washington Irving
The Tell Tale Heart and Sonnet 100
Halloween Parts of Speech Game
Halloween Poetry Bell Ringers
You can also find more creative writing lessons here:
Writing Commencement Speeches
Dialogue Poems Inspired Writing!
Shape Poems Inspired Writing!
Imagist Poems - Inspired Writing
Memorial Design & Speech Writing
I've Been to the Mountaintop by MLK, Jr.