Suspense Lesson for Halloween The Wife's Story | 1 Day Lesson

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Grade Levels
7th - 9th, Homeschool
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10 Slides, 5 Pages
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This lesson really helped my students close read and understand the different elements in the story. Thanks!


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 contains a huge twist that students love. It's a great short story for Halloween, but it also works at anytime of the year. Formats include a PowerPoint with printable PDFs and Google compatible versions for digital learning.

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
  • Google Drive Links for a Digital Option

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 from 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.

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10 Slides, 5 Pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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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.


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