( http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Scary-Story-Writing-Unit ) that is great for autumn. Here is a little sneak peek for my blog followers!
The entire unit has 10 pages of complete student-friendly instructions. Below, you will find the breakdown of what I present each day during the mini-lesson of our writer’s workshop time as well as some examples to help get the students inspired to write. I have some students who do not celebrate Halloween, are not allowed to write/read/talk about pretend creatures, or who just don’t like to write about scary things, so I modify this for them by encouraging them to do any autumn related story that they’d like, or bring one of the seeds from their Writing Ideas section (see my Writer’s Notebook labels& lessons kit on TPT) to final copy form. The vast majority of my students (especially the boys) LOVE this unit and students come back years later still talking about it. Here is the basic breakdown of each day, most of which have an accompanying printable page further on. I have tried to create each section so that you can simply display one on your projector or beneath your document camera and you won’t need to print a copy for every student if you don’t want to.
Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
Drafting Drafting Editing
Physical Location~ Start thinking about the physical location you want your scary story to take place. In the My Writing section of your writer’s notebook, write a few of the ideas that you like below, or write in your own setting for your story. Think about the areas where you want your characters to be during your story, or the different settings you want them to move through.