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Students usually mention a blackout, a storm, or a camping trip. Next, ask them what we do on such occasions, lacking reading or television to entertain ourselves after dark.
Allow students to share whatever they they think of. Optional Set the scene to share a ghost story with students by turning off the lights, lighting a candle, and so forth. To support English language learners, use a bilingual story such as La Llorona: The Weeping Woman by Joe Hayes.
As you read, be sure to stop and review any vocabulary words that are new to students, using the Spanish version of the story as possible to guide acquistion of the parallel ideas in the English version. If you have used La Llorona: The Weeping Woman, remember that the story is a cultural tale of the supernatural that many people consider a true tale.
Emphasize the importance of supporting diverse cultures to ensure that all students feel comfortable in the class. Ask students to brainstorm a list of the qualities that make the ghost story vivid.
Write the list on the board or on chart paper. Students will use this list as a checklist for their stories. Focus on the following questions: What makes a ghost story entertaining? What makes characters in a ghost story strong, believable, and interesting? What makes a setting appropriate for a ghost story?
How is the underlying code of behavior best communicated in a ghost story? What are ways to connect to the history of a place or people that make work well in a ghost story? Expand the discussion of ghost stories by asking students to think of other times that people tell stories of the supernatural e.
Encourage students to discuss cultural differences in ghost stories that they know. As a writing assignment, ask students to imagine themselves in the dark or in another appropriate situation, and to put to paper a ghost story that they have heard, but have never seen written.
They will share these stories out loud in the following sessions. To get started, have students use the Literary Elements Map as a prewriting tool. Preview the tool, providing a focus lesson for English language learners on how the tool works.
Ensure that everyone understands the mechanics of the tool before students turn to the content of the lesson. Reinforce the vocabulary of the literary elements highlighted in the tool by reminding students of the definitions and providing examples from readings that students are familiar with.
If desired, provide guided instruction on how to use the Literary Elements Map by analyzing the features of the ghost story that you read to the class. This process not only reviews the vocabulary in context but also provides English language learners with a shared experience with the tool and the kind of analysis they are to complete before they move on to independent writing.
As you introduce the Literary Elements Map activity, provide the following tips: Think about the ghost as the main character e. The Weeping Womanor focus on the reaction of a key character in your story who is affected by the ghost e.
The conflict in a ghost story is usually the issue that makes the human return in ghost form e. It may be a violation of the code of behavior that the story seeks to illustrate.A complete and thorough pack with information and activities to teach creative writing through ghost and horror stories/5(52).
Students begin by examining ghost stories and brainstorming a list of qualities that make the stories vivid and interesting. They then use a literary elements map as they write a ghost story they have heard, but have never seen written, and then share their stories orally with the class.
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have changed the way I teach! They then use a literary elements map as they write a ghost story they have heard, but have never seen written, and then share their stories orally with the class. Finally, students explore the genre of epics and how they are related to oral storytelling.