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Is your kid or teen already bored with reading and literature?  Why not do something fun and spine tingling just in time for Halloween?  There are some really great literature books that are sure to fit into your reading list for the year and it will chase away the boredom.

  • “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
  • “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving
  • “The Tell Tale Heart” or “The Raven” or just about anything by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”
  • “Macbeth” or “Hamlet” by Shakespeare
  • Ghost stories from your state
  • “The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Harry Potter or Twilight

Not crazy about really scary books?  Try mysteries!

  • “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Nancy Drew
  • The Hardy Boys

I think you get the picture!  There are tons of books to choose from that will either keep you on the edge of your seat or terrified to turn the page.  Most of what I listed here are for middle school thru high school.  A lot of these have study guides that you can use along with them from Progeny Press or Total Language Plus.  You could probably even find some free ones online with a little research.  They would be a great addition to any high schoolers reading list.  Colleges are not only looking to see if they read classics but if their reading list is varied and current.

There is no need for everything you read to be a read-the-book-and–do-the-worksheet kind of lesson.  Be creative!  Study a little bit of the history of the author and how their life affected their style of writing.  Why did things during that time period scare people?  What was going on during the author’s life historically?  What was the world like when the author was writing? 

You could follow up finishing the book with a scary movie night complete with popcorn. Maybe a bonfire with friends, a corn maze, or a ride in the woods on trailer. Have fun with it! If you’re really brave got to a haunted trail!  Time to shake up lit class and have some fun!

 

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