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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


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Jennifer Gream

October 23, 2016

I cannot wait to implement this unit in my classroom with the Goosebumps series and cannot believe more people haven't commented on having used it with great success. I look forward to responding again in December with my results!



October 29, 2015

Very helpful



December 06, 2014

I love how organized this unit is! I used it in my Grad class, but I chose to use Edgar Allen Poe for the stories. Great resource!


Pa Rogers

November 24, 2010

What are the benefits and limitations of using this for struggling readers?


Wesley Ford

November 02, 2010

Diana, the 5 Ws of Scary Story Writing are listed in the following printout on the Resources tab:

The 5 Ws of Scary Story Writing

Hope that helps!

Associate Editor, ReadWriteThink.org


Heather Feuerhelm

October 21, 2010

I am using this lesson with a collection of incredibly short stories. The book is called Half-Minute Horrors, a collection of scary stories from a wide range of authors (James Patterson, Margaret Atwood, Carol Gorman, Lemony Snicket, Jerry Spinelli, and R.L. Stine, to name a few). Each story is meant to be read in 30 seconds or less.



October 04, 2010

I would very much like to know what are The 5ws of Scary Story Writing. I can not find it anywhere. Please replt!!



July 19, 2010

excellent resource, well organised and great stimulus to a horror unit I am working on.



February 13, 2010

this is awesome



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