Teaching Suspense and Tension

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Room 213
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8th - 12th
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  1. This bundle will give you mini-lessons, activities, and assignments that will allow you engage your students while you teach them about the following literary elements:Opening linesSetting & atmospherePoint of view and perspectiveConflictCharacterizationThemeSymbolism & motifSuspense and ten
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If you need to teach your students about suspense and tension, this is the bundle for you. You will find four clear and detailed lesson plans that will allow you to teach students how writers create tension and suspense. Then, they will practice what you've taught them using short mentor passages and two short stories: The Landlady, and Just Lather, That's All. Finally, students will apply what they have learned by writing a short piece that contains tension and suspense.

This bundle of lessons can span a few days to a week or more, depending on how long your classes are.

In this resource you will find:

  • Detailed lesson plans
  • Slideshows for your mini-lessons and review of student work
  • Handouts for students
  • Links to the short stories
  • An editable assignment and rubric

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
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.
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.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


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