Use "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving to make Halloween connections in your secondary ELA class. This activity gives students practice with narrative writing and helps prepare them for the PARCC assessment. The narrative writing prompt gives students an opportunity to use their imaginations and engage in creative writing. After reading the story (which can be found in many English textbooks and online), students write a new ending in which they will tell what happens to Tom Walker after he’s taken away by the devil. To guide students on their writing journey, these tools help them analyze Irving's style and incorporate narrative elements.
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Washington Irving Story & The New York Times Article
Interdisciplinary Connections with Washington Irving
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