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Scary Stuff

My school’s hallways are abuzz this week with the creepy clown ridiculousness that’s sweeping America and now, it seems, the U.K.

Always looking for a way to hook students’ attention and pull them into weightier thinking, I’m going to use their current clown obsession as the springboard into a deeper discussion about the nature of fear. Just in time for Halloween, I’ve run my photocopies for a non-fiction lesson where we’ll dive deep into The Atlantic’s interview with Dr. Margee Kerr, a “scare specialist” who explains why some people enjoy being afraid. At first, I was going to use this lesson only with my sophomores, but given the current clown climate I’m thinking my freshmen and juniors will also have a lot to say about this topic.

If you want to see more of this print-and-go lesson, just click here.

Need more materials to add rigor to your Halloween lesson plans?

Check out this lesson for “The Feather Pillow,” a truly creepy story by Horacio Quiroga, a master of suspense who will forever change the way our students look at their pillows and mattresses.

Or have some creative fun with Micro-Fiction, where students write two-sentence stories in four genres – drama, romance, sci fi, and (of course!) horror.

Teach on, everyone.

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