Friday the Thirteenth Activities
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English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
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Friday the Thirteenth occurs a couple of times each school year.

I enjoy teaching superstitions with my upper elementary students.  It is a good opportunity to talk about facts, opinions, and beliefs.  I usually have several students who have lived in other countries.  Superstitions are often a part of other cultures.  We talk about respect for other people’s ideas and beliefs.

The four activities started with a writing prompt.  Students brainstorm or research a list of superstitions.  Then they write a list poem or short story called The Unlucky Day.  Alternately, they could write a poem or story that follows a good luck/bad luck pattern.  The next two pages have poems that may be used as mentor texts.  They list several common superstitions that could be a beginning for the brainstorming and research processes.

The next page students use existing superstitions and change key words to create their own versions.

The final page has a fortunately/unfortunately fill in the blank story.  Students can treat this as a stand-alone activity or the beginning of a short story.

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