The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Mini Unit

Julie Faulkner
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This low prep unit for Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is the perfect standards-based resource just in time for Halloween. Your middle and high school students explore the legend through a careful process of close reading and thought-provoking activities while taking note of the author's expert narrative techniques.

Student Experience: Students will read the short story and follow along with a set of questions. The reading will conclude with an interactive plot chart review activity. Next, students will analyze an informational text article and make connections. After a quick study of characterization, students will design a character collage and finish the unit with a constructed response.


  • Formal Lesson Plan
  • Super Simple Sub Plan Sheet
  • Links to varied levels of the text
  • Background Info, PDF and ready-made-for-digital version for Google
  • Interactive Plot Review
  • Text-based questions for after reading with answers, PDF and ready-made-for-digital version for Google
  • A paired informational text article with questions and answers, PDF and ready-made-for-digital version for Google
  • Graphic Organizer for During Reading, PDF and ready-made-for-digital version for Google
  • Character College Hands-On Project with Student Examples
  • Constructed Response Prompt, PDF and ready-made-for-digital version for Google
  • 1 PDF

When you finish this unit, you and your students will love playing my "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Breakout Game! "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Breakout Box

Classroom success stories from teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "Love this story and the addition of a short informational text with it. Thank you for a great product."

♥ "This legend a high interest topic at Halloween. It is a great way to stay rigorous as well. :)"

♥ "Students especially enjoyed the character collage. Thank you."

♥ "THIS LESSON IS WONDERFUL! I am using it this week to get us into the Halloween spirit."

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Resource Updated 2020

Total Pages
20 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
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.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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