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- This incredibly flexible horror genre study unit will turn students into masters of foreshadowing, suspense, mood, and more with fun, engaging, and creepy tales! Students will learn about the horror genre, then read three scary stories, before exploring writing a horror narrative themselves.This uni$13.55$16.94Save $3.39
Introduce your students to a comic-book style example of the horror genre with "Out of Skin" by E. M. Carroll! This graphic-novel type short story will challenge students' inferencing skills, showcase literary mood, and add variety to any horror genre study!
E. M. Carroll (or Emily Carroll) is known for her unique art style and for illustrating the graphic novel version of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. She provides her short story "Out of Skin" for free online. "Out of Skin" makes use of its online storytelling format with moving images, long "pages", and incredible visuals.
This resource includes two activities for "Out of Skin": reading questions and a mood-practicing activity. Included is everything you need to teach this short story in-person or online.
- Teacher Guide
- Reading Questions
- Printable PDF
- Fillable PDF
- EDITABLE Google Doc
- Reading Question Answer Key
- Mood Activity
- Drawing Version: Printable PDF
- Writing Version: Printable PDF
- Writing Version: Fillable PDF
- Writing Version: EDITABLE Google Doc
- Mood Activity Rubric
- EDITABLE Google Doc
- EDITABLE Google Sheet (for easy upload into Google Classroom)
Be sure to check the preview to see printable versions of the above! Please note that not every included document is editable (editable files are marked as such above)!
This story needs to be read online. For in-class teaching, it makes a wonderful digital station, independent activity, or even sub plan! If need be, however, you can also use this resource for distance learning! Simply share the story with students, upload the digital version of the reading questions of your choice, upload the mood activity file of your choice, and import the spreadsheet version of the rubric for easy grading (if done in Google Classroom)!
Either way, you have an engaging, no prep short story study!
- Horror Genre Study Introductory Lesson: This is a great lesson to introduce the horror genre
- Suspense Analysis with Horror Shorts Activity: Use this activity before "Out Of Skin" to help students practice analyzing suspense
- "Popsy" by Stephen King Story Study: Another fantastic example of horror; read, analyze, and write on King's creepy tale
- "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl: This short story is an excellent deep-dive into foreshadowing in the horror genre
- Personal Horror Narrative: After students have studied the horror genre, you can test their knowledge by having them write about a scary memory
- 2-Sentence Horror Stories FREEBIE: Students will write a scary tale using only two sentences
***This resource is contained within a Google file. Included are NON-EDITABLE PDF files. Before purchasing, please review the preview to make sure this resource supports your and your students' needs. The whole resource, with the exception of any answer keys, are included in the preview.