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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 perfect example of the horror genre with "Popsy" by Stephen King! This short story brings the deliciously creepy world of Stephen King to the classroom while providing an excellent example of building suspense, foreshadowing, and challenging students to use their inference skills.
Stephen King is automatically a name that engages students. "Popsy" is just creepy enough to keep students' attention, but King's writing provides excellent examples for digging into horror genre conventions. While I can't provide you with the text itself due to copyright issues, the text is available online (link included in the teacher's guide--you can see this in the preview).
This resource includes two activities for "Popsy": reading questions and a writing response. Included is everything you need to teach this short story in-person or online.
- Teacher Guide
- Reading Questions
- Printable PDF
- Fillable PDF
- Reading Question Answer Key
- Writing Reflection
- Printable PDF
- EDITABLE Google Doc version of directions
- Writing Reflection 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 only the writing reflection and rubric include editable versions!
Teach this story in-person by reading it with your class, working through the reading questions, and then assigning the writing reflection. If need be, however, you can also use this resource for distance learning! Simply share the story with students, upload the fillable PDF version of reading questions, copy and paste writing reflection directions into a new Google Classroom assignment, and import the spreadsheet version of the rubric for easy grading!
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: Use this before reading to make sure students understand suspense
- "Out of Skin" by E. M. Carroll Horror Story Study: This comic-style short story is another great example of horror worth studying!
- "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, assess their understanding by having them write a horror story of their own.
- 2-Sentence Horror Stories FREEBIE: Students will write a creepy tale in only two sentences.
- "Nicholas Was..." Holiday Analysis and Activity: Read this dark twist on a usually upbeat Christmas-time myth before writing a 100-word story
- Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Writing Bundle: The resources in the bundle will work well for supporting your students through the writing response in this resource
***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.