It’s that time of year where students can’t stop talking about candy, costumes, parties, candy, pumpkins, decorations, and... more candy. Capitalize on student excitement about this fun holiday with these Halloween-themed writing projects that engage them in narrative, informational, and argument writing.
Here are five ideas that are easily created from a blank page in Wixie or can be assigned from Wixie's Templates library.
Create Concrete Poems
Concrete poems are poems where the words are arranged in a shape that reflects the topic of the poem. Ask students to write a Halloween-themed poem using small phrases or stanzas. Add each phrase to its own text box in Wixie, drag to move it, and use the rotate handle to write their poem in a relevant Halloween shape.
Design how-to guides for Halloween activities
Many students already look to video tutorials on YouTube to learn new skills. Ask students to combine simple sentences with illustrations or videos to clearly communicate a process and build organization and sequencing skills.
Give how-to writing a Halloween spin, by asking students to create how-to guides for their favorite Halloween activities, such as:
- carving cool pumpkins,
- applying scary makeup,
- cooking Halloween treats, or
- creating creepy crafts.
Students can get started with a blank template or use Wixie's Booklet template. This four-page template includes a cover page along with three additional pages that contain a text box and room for a picture.
Retell a spooky story or write an original Halloween narrative
Your classroom library, no doubt, has a Halloween section already. With so many fun Halloween picture books and stories like In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, it is easy to find one your class can retell or even adapt.
If you are working with emerging writers, you may want to focus on retelling stories. Young learners can use Wixie’s Room on the Broom template to retell Julia Donaldson’s fun story by dragging objects and recording their voice.
Older students can start blank projects, or use Wixie's Booklet template, to write and illustrate their own spooky stories. If all students aren’t ready to write from scratch, give them prompts like:
- In a dark, dark wood…
- When I went trick-or-treating with my friends…
- I looked out my window to find an enormous pumpkin…
Craft a fictitious interview with Halloween objects
Have students practice personification and create a fictitious interview with a Halloween character, object, or artifact. Choosing an object or character will help them connect to a point-of-view and consider the questions before they craft them. You may even have students get started with Wixie's Empathy Map template to help students understand and personify their interviewee.
Have students use the authoring tools in Wixie to create a page for each question and answer. Students can add art for each character or object along with text boxes and thought bubbles, or even voice narration. Students could also dress up in character and capture interview response using video.
Promote safety with a Halloween public service announcement
Have students use Wixie to combine images, voice narration, and video to raise awareness for a fun, yet safe trick-or-treating experience. PSA projects are a great way to provide students with an authentic context for practicing and applying persuasive writing skills.
A short PSA targeted at a particular audience also encourages students to focus on writing organization and voice and word choice. Because student work addresses safety issues relevant to their schoolmates and friends, be sure to publish their work in print in school hallways as well as from your school website. You might even consider sending them to your local access television station to give student work a real-world audience and clearly demonstrate the value of their effort.
Want even more ideas?
Visit the Wixie Halloween page for additional project ideas. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the fabulous Halloween ideas that your fellow educators have shared on Twitter.
Here's to your Halloween authors!