Thrills! Chills! Using Scary Stories to Motivate Students to Read

This Thrills! Chills! Using Scary Stories to Motivate Students to Read unit also includes:

What better way to motivate reading than with scary stories, especially around Halloween. Using a Goosebumps series set of books, learners participate in daily reading of chapters from their book. Each day they focus on a different story element from the story including plot, setting, and character descriptions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Model thinking for class members as you read chapters to them
  • Have individuals keep all of their completed worksheets and notes in separate folder for easy organization
  • Incorporate other skills not mentioned in the lesson such as making inferences or comparing and contrasting
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should be familiar with the basic elements of a story
  • Easy to implement literature circles into the lesson
  • Acquire a class set of Goosebumps books
Pros

  • Encourages discussion among collaborative learning groups
  • Comes with extension ideas, accompanying worksheets and graphic organizers, as well as writing prompts, rubrics, and assessment options
Cons

  • None