Perfect for Halloween! Your students will love writing their own scary stories with this writing notebook.
This resource guides them step-by-step through setting up the plot, characters, setting, and theme. The end result is a creative writing project your students will feel successful about.
This resource includes:
⚬ defining elements of a scary story
⚬ elements of a story & suggestions for using the notebook
⚬ alphaboxes for gathering ideas
⚬ prewriting notes pages
⚬ choosing the setting
⚬ establishing the mood
⚬ elements of the plot
⚬ inciting incident prompt (nine story starters)
⚬ conflict idea generator
⚬ identifying the problem the story will address
⚬ Freytag plot diagram
⚬ character profile graphic organizers – protagonist, antagonist, additional characters
⚬ theme notes and graphic organizer
⚬ adding dialogue help – punctuation reminders & practice
⚬ writing checklist
⚬ blank notebook “pages” for students to use for their stories
Reasons to love this lesson:
⚬ Print front-to-back, fold, and staple to make a 31 page booklet that fits into the pocket of a folder! Efficient use of 8 pieces of paper.
⚬ you can use each page as a mini lesson – or students can work independently
⚬ tap into your students’ love of writing stories – especially scary ones!
⚬ creative outlet for students
⚬ perfect for differentiation and scaffolding
⚬ helps students “control” their stories by asking them to dig into prewriting
⚬ great for literacy centers & writing workshop
⚬ fun Halloween activity!
Be sure to check out the preview!
When you purchase this resource, you will receive a zipped file with the student booklet that you can print front-to-back, fold, and staple. You’ll also receive a Teacher Resource with ideas for helping you use this resource.
Want to go paperless? This resource is available as a digital resource as well!:
Write a Scary Story: Creative Writing Digital Notebook for Google Classroom and OneDrive
This resource works well with one or all of these scary stories:
⚬ “The Lottery” Short Story Study
⚬ ”The Tell Tale Heart” Short Story Study
⚬ "The Monkey's Paw" Short Story Study
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