Whether it be a scary story or a fall poem, we encourage students to share their literary work and discuss it with one another. Students can use this project to develop their writing skills by sharing and discussing their narrated and/or illustrated (optional) writing in our online community.
The Scariest Stories project activities described below are designed to take about one hour a week in a school computer lab or on set of classroom computers. Teachers should plan to spend an hour a week in addition to the computer time. Students who get involved spend more time writing, sharing and discussing their stories.
NOTE: As you view and read results from past years, please remember that this is the first year we are using the NEW iCollaboratory site.
Activity 1: October 1-7: The Scariest Survey
Students take an online Survey to learn about the other students who are participating, what they like to do on Halloween and what they are most scared of.
Activity 2; October 8-14: The Scariest Map
After registering for the Project, students, as a class, select one link representing their collective ideas about a scary story, Halloween tradition, or local legend from their hometown or region for students in other regions to view. Teachers submit the selected link to the Scariest Stories and Fall Poetry Map. Note: Please email your Scariest Site with the street address and web address, city, state and ZIP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activity 3: October 15-21: Write and Share Your Scariest Stories
Students use their iCollaboratory Sites classroom account to write and share a scary story. The story may include text, illustrations and audio narration/sound effects (optional) or a very short video (optional). The stories can be written in any native language.
Activity 4: October 22-31: Review and Discuss Stories
Students review the stories others have written and discuss them online by contributing comments at the end of each story. The comments can be written in any native language. Please also translate them into English.
Activity 5: November 1-7: Take the Scariest Stories and Fall Poetry Reflective Survey