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"Shudders Behind the Shutters" Super-Fun Writing Prompt Craftivity For October

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halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I love playing around with words, particularly if it will get my students excited, or help teach a concept.

“Shudders Behind the Shutters!” does both.

Ahalloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, nytime I toss a bit of craftiness into a writing prompt, my students are all over it, and can’t wait to begin.

Thus, I designed this writing prompt craftivity with a window.

There are two writing prompt “window” options.

Students can make a list of 13 things that make them shudder OR

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, they can write a brief, spine tingling excerpt.

I've discovered that narrowing down what students have to write about, rather than saying, "write a spooky story", is a lot less overwhelming for them. 

This bite-size piece, is not only less daunting, but will have your students actually become excited about creating their list or a brief excerpt!

I’ve included samples of both, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.

Making an example, not only helps you explain what you want your students to do, it acts as a catalyst for getting them enthusiastic about getting down to the business of writing.

The writing prompt “window” becomes the base, for this 3-part craftivity.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Students illustrate their writing by drawing, then coloring something in the 4-paned window pattern. I drew a ghost in mine.

Shutters flip open to reveal this picture window, which then opens to reveal my list of 13 things that make me shudder.  You can use any number, but I chose superstitious 13. 

Did you know that the “fear of the number 13” is called triskaidekaphobia! (triss-kye-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh).
You may want to share this bit of interesting trivia with your students.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I've also included another sample with a "shuddering excerpt". 

For some extra 3D pizzazz, I added some wiggle eyes, attaching them with glue dots. 

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Assembling the 3-parts of the craft, is done with a glue stick.

shudder shutter definition posters homophones, halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I’ve also included a “shudder-shutter” definition poster, as well as one that explains homophones.

You can use these to introduce the lesson.

Encourage students to use their senses, as well as plenty of description, to evoke a shudder or two.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Students can use the (2-on-a-page) writing RUBRIC as a checklist.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I’ve included “definition-example” posters, to easily explain adjectives, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia and alliteration, which will definitely enhance their writing.

These are not difficult concepts to understand.

Actually, I’ve found that even younger students grasp them quite well, and are excited to share examples they’ve come across.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Completed projects make an amazing bulletin board or hallway display; you are sure to get a lot of compliments!

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I’ve included several posters, as well as some rather spooky-looking letters, which spell "SHUDDERS [behind the] SHUTTERS" to add some extra pizzazz to your display.

Today's featured FREEBIE is an apple-pumpkin Venn diagram.

apples and pumpkin venn diagram, apple pumpkin worksheetTo help reinforce the information my students have learned about apples and pumpkins, I have them do a Venn diagram.

Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and fun way to introduce comparison & contrast writing to your students.

Instead of using the usual circles, I drew an apple for one half, while the other side is a pumpkin. An oval "slice" down the center, provides a place for "similarities".

You can do this as an individual worksheet or whole-group activity, that provides an excellent review and culminating activity for your apple-pumpkin studies.

Completed worksheets make an excellent bulletin board or hallway display.

apple activities, venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideasWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

It's nothing spooky over here that has me shuddering, just a bone-chilling wind that's rattling my window panes.

It's a small price to pay though, for the absolutely gorgeous fall colors that come with cooler weather. 

Wishing you a simply splendid day!

"Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understoond." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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