Write a Scary Story: Creative Writing Notebook

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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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 updated version offers two options for printing: a folded booklet 8.5 x 5.5 or full-sized 8.5 x 11

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

⚬ quick-write

⚬ 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

⚬ rubric

Reasons to love this lesson:

⚬ Two versions of the student booklet:

  • 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.
  • Vertical workbook-style booklet (21 pages - can be printed front-to-back and bound)

⚬ 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 two student booklets. 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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Total Pages
39 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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