STATE GOAL 1: Read with understanding and fluency.
Students read ghost stories for inspiration and modeling.
STATE GOAL 2: Read and understand literature representative of various societies, eras and ideas.
Students read histories, biographies and based-on-fact fiction as research for their own ghost stories.
STATE GOAL 3: Write to communicate for a variety of purposes
Students learn techniques to writing effective ghost stories.
STATE GOAL 4: Listen and speak effectively in a variety of situations
Students tell, read or perform their stories to each other in the classroom.
STATE GOAL 5: Use the language arts to acquire, assess and communicate information
Drawing from a number of resources, students weave facts with imagination to thrill their friends.
STATE GOAL 13: Understand the relationships among science, technology and society in historical and contemporary contexts
Ghost stories can include all history including the present, weather, climate, socio-economic conditions and scientific thought, bound together by imagination.
STATE GOAL 14: Understand political systems, with an emphasis on the United States
Ghost story conflicts have factual context.
STATE GOAL 15: Understand economic systems, with an emphasis on the United States
Factual context provides real conflict on which to base ghost stories.
STATE GOAL 16: Understand events, trends, individuals and movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States and other nations
Re-creating the ghost story’s time period involves researching the influences of that time.
STATE GOAL 18: Understand social systems, with an emphasis on the United States
Research helps create realistic relationships in a ghost story.
STATE GOAL 22: Understand principles of health promotion and the prevention and treatment of illness and injury
Researching current and historic health issues offers a wealth of ghost story details.
STATE GOAL 31: Develop an awareness of personal identity and positive self-concept
Creating fictional characters allows exploration of personality types and as well as what motivates them.
Source: Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) from the Illinois State Board of Education www.isbe.net
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