There’s no denying it, Halloween has a special atmosphere, whether or not it is part of your cultural heritage. What’s more, it has its place in the English class and our students love the idea of Halloween parties and scary stories.
Use this opportunity to have some fun writing lessons built around spooky readers. We have two different activities you can start with. The activities are aimed at B1 level students, and you can adjust them according to the language level and interests of your students.
Solve the story puzzle
We have mixed passages from three different stories. Ask your students to identify the different paragraphs and find logical connections between some of them. They can look for semantic, syntactic and stylistic clues, or simply study the characters and the setting described in the passages.
- Download the activity sheet: Halloween Story Puzzle
- Download the solutions: Halloween Story Puzzle Answers
First lines should be easy and intriguing at the same time so that they make us want to read more. Use our collection of dark and scary opening lines from classic novels to learn about the mechanism and importance of great opening sentences.
- Download the workshop and read the lines in pairs.
- Discuss in pairs or groups of three which one interests you the most.
- Give reasons for choosing your lines.
- Guess which novel they come from. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of possible novels.
- Now write a paragraph to continue the story. What happens next?
- Read the original story and compare the first paragraph with your version.
- Download the first lines here: Halloween First Liners. These lines come from the Helbling Reader adaptations of the novels.
- Download the solutions here: Halloween First Liners Answers
Read the first pages of each Helbling Reader adaptation to see how the stories continue.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- Turn of the Screw by Henry James
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Masque of the Red Death by E. A. Poe
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Dracula by Bram Stoker