Thursday, October 10, 2013

Spooky Writing - Do you Hear the Wind Whistling and the Branches Creaking?

I have been busy finishing up a bunch of projects that I had in the works for a while. I was trying to think of ways that we could get our students to write fun, seasonal, topics, but without mentioning specific holidays. For example I know many schools do not allow their teachers to read Halloween books or do any Halloween projects and sometimes even prohibit the use of  papers with jack-o-lanterns on them. I was thinking... hmmm Halloween is spooky, but aren't there spooky and creepy things that are not Halloween-specific? So I came up with my Spooky Writing Prompts. Included is a listing of the CCSS standards it covers for grade 2 (the grade I teach), but it would still work for first and third graders for differentiation purposes.

Here are some pics from the packet. If you click on the cover image you can go see it at Teachers Pay Teachers. If you prefer Teachers Notebook click here, and I have been expanding to Buysellteach - click here for that (and I am working on a Tools for School store but don't have Spooky Writing up there yet - a girl's gotta get to sleep at some point!).


Cover Page: I  love Thistlegirl Designs who did the clip art!


 One of the spooky prompts: houses can be haunted at any time of year, right? Not necessarily a Halloween topic (but I suppose someone could debate me on it). I mean look at the first season of American Horror Story. Haunted house to the extreme and not because of October 31!


Ooh... who doesn't like a weird and creepy happening in the science lab. This pic kind of reminds me on the hard cover orange monster books my brother used to get from the library - this one in particular has to be the Blob! 



Included are assorted writing paper (Handwriting without Tears and regular) with all the different borders.


Some of the other prompts include, but aren't limited to: bad dreams, what is the creepiest animal/insect and what scares you. Hope this ends up being useful for some of you!

PS: Speaking of spooky, don't tell me what happened in the premiere of American Horror Story: Coven yet. I DVRed it but didn't get to see it tonight! :)

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