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Elements of Scary Stories Lesson

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What are the features of suspense?


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Development of Learning Activity:

  1. Do Now: What makes a movie scary? List the things that you think every good scary movie should have.
  2. Chart responses to Do Now
  3. With a partner, group or alone, write a one-page scary short story that uses some of the elements on the chart.
    • These short stories will be developed over the course of the unit.
    • This initial writing piece is designed to get students thinking about the genre and being aware of their own existing knowledge of the genre.


    • Assessment:
  • Students will demonstrate understanding by writing a short story with suspenseful themes. (Short term)
  • Students will succesfully identify elements of suspense in the writings of Edgar Allen Poe and other writers. . (Long term)



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