Introduction to Horror Genre – A Mini-Study of the Elements of Horror


If you’re getting ready to read a scary short story, start your unit off right with this Intro to the Elements of Horror mini-study! The ready-to-use slideshow and paired interactive notes will walk your students through the elements of horror, including fear, suspense, setting, foreshadowing, and mystery. This easy-to-use resource offers a quick and easy way to hook students into any short story!


This Introduction to the Elements of Horror Covers:

  • What is horror?
  • What are the subgenres of horror?
  • Fear (and how authors use it)
  • Suspense (and the five techniques authors use to build it)
  • Setting
  • Foreshadowing
  • Mystery

Use this elements of horror mini-lesson to launch your horror/scary short stories unit or for an engaging genre study during Halloween or any time of the year!

Not only will your students be introduced to the elements of horror, but they’ll also have opportunities to look at them in isolation by:

  • Analyzing passages to see what fears authors tap into
  • Creating a scary scene through creative writing
  • Rewriting simple phrases using different suspense techniques
  • Analyzing passages to see how authors use foreshadowing

⭐ You’ll appreciate the visually appealing AND editable slide deck.

‍⭐ Your students will love the interactive notes that go hand-in-hand with the presentation AND the engaging activities.

Both printable and digital versions are included!


Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RL.6.3, RL.6.5

RL.7.3, RL.7.6

RL.8.3, RL.8.6


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