With Halloween a week away, I thought it would be a good idea to share my favorite activities. Of course, for most of us, we're long past the days of actually being able to celebrate the holiday with costumes and trick-or-treating, but I like to honor it by introducing my students to some of my favorite scary stories!
I like to turn off the lights and play some eerie music for an appropriate backdrop as we read our scary stories. If you have those fancy finger flashlights, this would be a perfect day to use them! Otherwise, you can use a lamp or just turn off some of your classroom lights. I've also seen people use tissue paper to cover their light panels... it creates an awesome atmosphere, but I'm not sure how the fire marshall would feel about such things.
Anyway, this link will take you to a collection of my favorite stories and poems that I've used with my middle school students to introduce suspense, foreshadowing, and even irony. I have scoured the interwebs to link you to the texts and also accompanying videos where they apply. You could easily spread them out for your reading activities for the week or just do a day of scary stories.