Suspense Analysis With Horror Shorts Activity (Distance Learning)

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9th - 12th
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Engage students (both off and online!) with horror short films and turn them into suspense experts! This suspense analysis activity helps students learn about suspense and how artists create it in their work. Use this before studying any horror story and students will better be able to analyze suspense in literature!

In this activity, students will watch a collection of horror short films. For each, they'll evaluate how suspenseful they found the film and analyze the techniques used by filmmakers to create tension in the audience. Analyzing suspense through film first will help students later understand how authors like Stephen King or Edgar Allan Poe are able to build suspense in literature.

This Google Resource Includes:

  • Suspense Analysis Worksheet
    • Printable PDF
    • Fillable PDF
    • EDITABLE Google Doc
  • List of Recommended Horror Shorts (with links)
  • Teacher Guide
  • Example

Be sure to check the preview to see the list of horror shorts, worksheet, and teacher guide before purchasing!

Use this lesson in-person by having a class viewing party of each of the short films. These shorts are so fun to watch together! Your students will be laughing, jumping, and critiquing as a whole class. However, you can easily assign this remotely, too. Simply add the links to your online classroom and upload the worksheet format that works best for your online classroom.

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Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.


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