Boo! It’s time to get your scare on: hello, Halloween!
Many of us love to dress up for Halloween, but it’s also the perfect time to go beyond spooky sartorial choices and explore your students’ writing creativity.
These five Halloween writing activities will help your students create a creepy tale or two.
1. Picture Writing Prompts
These eerie and magical images are perfect visual prompts to help your students focus on specific writing skills.
- Five ways to use the Writing Prompt
- Thinking Questions
- ‘In The Moment’ graphic organiser to help students writing more descriptive
- Related media links
2. Persuasive Fast Starts Challenge
This is one of the best ways to get your students on board and writing a lot!
- Download the PowerPoint.
- Run the Persuasive Fast Starts Challenge.
- After going through each topic, every student should have 5 different Sizzling Starts.
- Ask students to share their favourite Sizzling Start in groups of 3–4. This will help them generate more ideas, develop concepts and learn from each other.
New to the Seven Steps? Try Step 2: Sizzling Starts and unlock access to more Action Activities, theory videos and writing samples!
3. Spooky Stories
Using random words as the basis for a story is a great way to spark students creativity.
- As a class, watch the spooky story in the following video (watch from 1:30 to 2:20):
- Get each student to write a word they associate with spooky stories on a strip of paper.
- Place the strips of paper into a hat.
- Ask each student to pull a strip of paper from the hat.
- Get students to form groups of three and work together to write their own spooky story based on their words.
For example: attic, moon, bat.
‘She pushed open the attic door. It made a long, high-pitched creaking sound. She slowly tiptoed into the darkroom and tried the light switch. No luck. Something rustled in the corner of the room, disturbed by her entrance.
‘I hope it’s a mouse,’ she shuddered.
The moon shone its faint light through the small window. Slowly, a shadow began to appear: large wings, a pointed head. A bat, bigger than any ordinary bat.’
4. Petrifying Poems
The poem in the following video is a beautiful example of Step 5: Show Don’t Tell. Watch the video as a class then get your students to create their own Show, Don’t Tell poetry.
One Dark Night, In the Middle of the Day…
For older students:
The Vampire by Conrad Aiken
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
Want to continue improving your students’ poetry writing? The blog, ‘Instructions’ – A poem by Neil Gaiman may help students think a little differently about writing a poem.
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