"Popsy" by Stephen King Horror Story Study (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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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.

This product includes:

  • 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!

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***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.

Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.


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