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Hi All,
This is my first year teaching 8th graders, so I was wondering if the topic of Halloween is too elementary for them. I would like my students to write a paragrah on Halloween. I appreciate any advice or ideas. I am new to teaching English. to 8th graders.


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My experience is that most love it. Eighth grade will be their last year being able to pull off trick or treating if they haven't stopped already. You could have them write about their favorite Halloween night, costume or tradition.
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Thank you for the great idea.
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They also LOVE scary stories and mysteries, if you can find ones that are ACTUALLY scary.
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My daughter's a 7th grader. She LOVES Halloween ... more now than when she was small.


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Maybe you already saw the posts below:

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=373168

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=371137

They could go along with or lead to your paragraph.

I am having my 7th graders read The Landlady by Roald Dahl and write an ending.

Your 8th graders will definitely love to write about Halloween topics suggested by PP, but also include something for students who don't celebrate Halloween (Jehovah's Witnesses and others), such as Fall topics.
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:56 AM
 
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They LOVE scary stories. I taught 8th two years, and we always read Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart" and if it's narrated well, then it's pretty freaky. Then, you can pull off a few other scary stories. To wrap up the unit, I had the kids right their own scary stories. We then blacked out the windows, everyone sat in a circle on the floor with a flashlight, and told scary stories. They LIVE for stuff like this!
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I am a student teacher in 8th grade right now, and I can tell you these students love Halloween. This week we will be doing a lot of Poe stories, and they are all looking foward to it. I wouldnt say they all are still the trick or treating type of kids any more, but i think now they focus more on the social aspect of halloween, and they all seem to enjoy dark scarey stories. So if anything I would do a little Poe this week, maybe put up a few creepy decorations, and maybe on friday give them some candy, theyll have a ball all week with this stuff.
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Thank you all for responding. I love your ideas!!!
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The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. Then have them write their own scary story. Use a picture prompt for Harris Burdick Mysteries picture book.


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How about Urban Legends?
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I have noticed that my eighth graders really love to talk about urban legends such as "Bloody Mary." A lesson on urban legends would be a fun way to "celebrate" Halloween with actually celebrating so all students would be able to participate. You could read some popular urban legends and discuss them. You could develop a lesson comparing and contrasting 2 or 3 popular ones or even analyze some of the literary elements found in them. You could also use it as a springboard for a class discussion on how urban legends start in the first place. Then, you could have the students write their own urban legends and share them with the class. It would be a really fun activity!
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"Three Skeleton Key" is great, and kind of spooky! It was especially spooky back when it was told on the radio. I think the kids would love it. I actually added it into my lesson plans this week!
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1956BD's post reminded me of this idea I stole from somewhere:

Create a 4 column chart with 10 rows, 0-9. The headings are Character, Character, Setting, and Object/Word/Item.

Brainstorm fill-ins with the class, focusing on eerie, spooky things. Imagination rules! They can get crazy, too. Encourage adjectives with the nouns. But don't tell them what they will do with it.

Then, students take the last four numbers of their phone number and "Dial-A-Scary Story." Using the row numbers on the chart, they get 2 characters, a setting and the word from column 4 to use to create a paragraph or short story.

So if his/her number is 3702:
Character #3 in column 1 might be Bewitching Princess.
Character #7 in column 2 might be Ghoulish Zombie.
Setting #0 in column 3 might be Haunted Treehouse.
And #2 in column 4 might be Toxic Goblet.

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Great ideas!!
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