Personal Horror Narrative Writing Activity (Distance Learning)

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  1. 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
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Assess students on their understanding of suspense, mood, and the horror genre with this personal narrative writing activity. Students will write a short story about a scary memory while trying to incorporate crucial elements of the horror genre. This writing activity is a great assessment, enrichment opportunity, or just a fun activity to do around Halloween!

Students will first brainstorm times in their lives when they felt fear. Then, they'll map out ideas for creating a creepy setting and pacing the story to build suspense. Even though the final story can be very short, trying to build suspense and establish mood will challenge all students to think creatively, regardless of their writing ability!

This resource is highly flexible and includes various versions of each component, so you can teach this activity in-person or remotely through an online classroom.

This product includes:

  • Teacher Guide
  • Personal Horror Narrative Assignment and Brainstorming Sheet
    • Printable PDF
    • Fillable PDF
    • EDITABLE Google Doc
  • Personal Horror Narrative Outline Worksheet
    • Printable PDF
    • Fillable PDF
    • EDITABLE Google Doc
  • Personal Horror Narrative Writing Paper
    • Printable PDF
    • Fillable PDF
    • EDITABLE Google Doc
  • Personal Horror Narrative Example
    • PDF with annotations
    • PDF without annotations
  • Personal Horror Narrative Writing 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 resource can be a wonderful activity on its own. It was, however, created to be a final assessment or project for my other Horror Genre Study resources.

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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.


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