This is a fantastic creative writing assignment just in time for Halloween. I begin with a carousel brainstorming activity; putting students into small groups that rotate around the classroom, stopping at various “stations” for a designated period of time (usually 1-2 minutes). At each station, students activate their prior knowledge of a scary setting, plot, character, or key object and share their ideas with their small group. Each group posts their ideas at each station for all groups to read. I also play scary music while they are writing their stories (there is a great selection on Youtube). My students love it!