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Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring the Ways Writers Scare Readers

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Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring the Ways Writers Scare Readers

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

Professional Library

Podcast Episodes

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Investigating Genre: The Case of the Classic Detective Story

After critiquing a list of conventions for the genre, students read, view, or listen to a classic
mystery, and then produce a mystery of their own, reflecting on the purposeful ways in which
they adhered to or altered the genre conventions.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 31

Celebrate Halloween!

Students research information on Halloween, create masks or costumes from a text they are reading, or write a narrative essay describing their best Halloween ever.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 8

In 1847, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was born.

Students brainstorm the superstitions they know and small groups research one of the superstitions to determine its origin and meaning or purpose. Students can write about the superstition using the Mystery Cube interactive.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 3

In 1927, Joan Lowery Nixon was born.

As a class, a genre study of mysteries takes place and a chart is made about what makes a good mystery.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 29

Poe's "The Raven" was published in 1845.

As Poe's "The Raven" is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues.

 

Grades   1 – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 11

Jane Yolen was born in 1939.

Students read one of Jane Yolen's books, retell the story in the form of a puppet show, research animals in the book, and document their findings with the Animal Study interactive tool.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts

Describes how an English teacher uses ghost stories in his classroom to further students' interest in and understanding of epics. Presents a short unit in which all the class work focuses on scary kinds of things.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Goosebumps!

Make your spine tingle with these spooky books for readers young and old!

 

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