Monday, October 21, 2013

How to Write a Scary Story---Just in Time for Halloween:)

Halloween is just around the corner.  This fun day is enjoyed by all grade levels.  Since the day's events are fun for all, why not build an academic activity into it?  Student background knowledge is already there so all a teacher has to do is tap into it to use it for academic purposes--here writing:)

Writing scary stories activates student creativity with ease.  Remember that they love horror/monster movies so Hollywood has provided quite a bit visual stimuli.  No student starts from zero here.  Such activities may be completed within a small group of no more than 4 or in groups of 2.  For this to be a language developing assignment, students of mixed abilities must be in a collaborative setting where verbal give and take rules the day. 

The activity here lends itself to elementary through high school with adjustments for age group.  The video component is definitely a favorite with kids.  They will gain experience in "directing" the actors and in designing the set.

Make Halloween work for you:)


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