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Lesson Plan

Thrills! Chills! Using Scary Stories to Motivate Students to Read

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Ten 60- to 90-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Karen Luchner

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida


International Literacy Association


Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

Podcast Episodes



Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.


Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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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   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.


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Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode


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


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