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Make your October academics spooktacular this year by using these Real Story of Halloween worksheets -- teaching students this history behind many of our beloved and familiar Halloween traditions! This resource provides 50 multiple choice questions designed for use with the History Channel documentary, "The Real Story of Halloween." Students will enjoy the film while you'll have a way to track how much they are getting from it. Plus, with these worksheets, students will be motivated to stay on task!
ABOUT THIS FUN HALLOWEEN VIDEO
This documentary, appropriate for students in both middle school and high school, usually airs on the History Channel each October. It can often also be found on a variety of video streaming sites. The best way to find it online is to run a simple Google Search. The program lasts about 42 minutes, making it a great fit into a one-period class.
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"The Real Story of Halloween" is a fascinating look into the historical roots of our current-day American Halloween customs. The video asks, and then answers, a variety of interesting and fun questions such as:
• Why do we wear masks and costumes on Halloween?
• Why is it customary to hand out treats on that night?
• Where did the tradition of going door to door start?
Along the way, a number of historical eras, peoples, and events are discussed, including:
• The ancient Celts
• The ancient Romans
• Europeans during the early and late Middle Ages
• The "Gunpowder Plot" / Guy Fawkes Day in England
• Colonial America
• The Great Depression in America
• The Post-War Boom and 1960s America
• The Current Day
My personal opinion is that most history teachers would probably enjoy watching this video even if they had no plans to use it in class -- it's simply that fun of a ride. Using it with students, of course, is even better. As long as my world history classes are where they should be each October 31, I like to take a day out of the regular curriculum and use this video. They enjoy it a lot, particularly because it is both fast-paced and fascinating -- but they also learn a great deal about the various periods in history that contributed to our modern conception of how to celebrate Halloween.
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All questions are provided in two formats so that teachers can re-use the worksheets if desired, or alternately, have students write on them and use them up each year. I firmly believe that each teacher will know best which approach is best for any given class or set of students.
Additionally, a "teacher copy" of the questions is also provided. This set differs from the student worksheets in that it contains timestamps revealing when each question is addressed in the video. Some teachers may find this information to be useful.
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To that end, all questions are presented in "video order" to make it simpler for students to follow along if they are answering them as they watch.
Check out the free preview, which has the first 15 of the 50 questions available for you to peruse. And whether or not you think this product is right for your classroom, see if you like the History Channel video the product goes with. It really is one of the best history tie-ins for Halloween that I have yet seen.
As always, happy teaching!
-> Please note: If you would prefer an Examview version of the Video Quiz / Video Questions for "The Real Story of Halloween," you can find one here:
Happy teaching again,
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