Lets breathe it in… Halloweeeeeen.
The spookiest time of the year. One where ghost stories and fictional characters reign supreme. Pumpkin carving, Dead Man’s Bones, bags upon bags of sweet treats, terrifying tales, and awesome writing prompts…wait…did I just say writing prompts?
Yes, why yes I did.
Holidays should be just as fun for English teachers as it is for their students (even though we can’t dress up at school…can we?) because there are so many wondrous ways to incorporate a holiday into our lesson plans. Into our LESSON PLANS. There are a number of ways to showcase the holiday besides just bringing in sugary snacks or wearing costumes. I should also add that there are ways to integrate Halloween without offending students who don’t celebrate it.
As an example, I am in the process of creating a Halloween themed lesson plan for my writing workshop tomorrow. We are focusing on Edgar Allan Poe and gothic writing! I’m also thinking I am going to throw in a Halloween/gothic mad lib in there as well. And I found this great page on Thesaurus.com of the 7 Spookiest Words in the English Language. This is a lot more fun than the humdrum English lesson about parts of speech! And students might feel cheated if they don’t get to acknowledge Halloween in their classes! Plus, there are a ton of online resources and ideas for creating a lesson that is Halloween themed (even if you just bring in a fun-sized candy bar amount of Halloween in). Including writing prompts, poems, autobiographies (of a jack-o’-lantern or werewolf), essay topics, recipes, activities…the possibilities are, once again, endless!!