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