Halloween cemetery stories

26-Oct-2011

I know that a lot of people think that Halloween is a very commercial holiday; however I personally really like it maybe because it is so different from All Saints Day on the 1st of November which I am so familiar with. I see Halloween as a day of amazing pumpkin lanterns, spooky decorations, delicious chocolates and costume parties. I still haven’t figured out my costume for this year…

I really like doing stories with students, it doesn’t matter whether it is writing or telling stories as students are often very engaged during those lessons. Below you can find 6 great stories about spooky cemeteries to use in your Halloween class.

(Link: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/104083)

How to use stories in the class:

Comprehension questions
Before the class, prepare a few questions for one or a couple of the stories depending on how many you want to use (e.g. Why did Fiona shout, Who did she call? How did Henry get away?) Get students to look at the questions and tell you what they think the story/ies are about. What’s going to happen next?

In small groups, students write ten similar questions for a story which another group is going to write. Students swap their list of questions with another group, and write the story for the questions they receive (This is a variation of the activity from the book 700 Classroom Activities).

Telling a story
Divide students into 3 or 6 groups depending on the number of students in your class; give each group one/two stories. Each group tells their story to the other groups. To make sure all the students in a group speak up, divide a story into parts e.g. beginning, middle, end and ask students between themselves to assign each part of the story to each other.  After all the stories are told ask students to vote for the best 3. Let them be creative and encourage them to use paper to create characters from the stories, lights, chairs/tables anything that is easily accessible in the class and might help them to get to the top 3 stories of this year Halloween.

Story words
In the same groups, students pick 6 new words they learnt from their story and write them down on individual pieces of paper. Students swap their words with another group. They put the words they receive in the middle and take turns to use the words in a story, adding one line each. (The idea comes from the book 700 Classroom Activities).

Joanna

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