Suspense Lesson for Halloween English Language Arts The Wife's Story

Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • Zip
10 Slides, 5 Pages
Share this resource


This lesson is perfect for October or Halloween. Teach elements of suspense in writing and have your students apply what they've learned to Ursula K. Le Guin's The Wife's Story. This short story centers around a werewolf but with a huge twist that students love. It's a great short story for Halloween and for teaching suspense.

Find a copy of The Wife's Story here. (It's a quick, fun read!)

In this resource you will find:

  • 10 PowerPoint Slides to Teach Suspense
  • Printable Guided Note Taking Sheet
  • Close Reading Questions for The Wife's Story that center around Suspense
  • Teacher's Notes

The PowerPoint introduces students to various elements and techniques writers use to create suspense including foreshadowing, characterization, cliffhangers, dilemmas, and more. The guided notes are set up so students can pull crucial information form the PowerPoint lesson without having to try and copy everything down. As you read the story with your class, have students complete the questions at specific stopping points which are outlined in the included Teacher's Notes.

Happy Teaching!

You may also be interested in:

Total Pages
10 Slides, 5 Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
Report this Resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


Questions & Answers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up