One of my favorite stories to read to the students in October is "The Teeny Tiny Woman". The repetition of the story and the ghostly voice the character hears as she hides under the covers, simply grabs the students' attention and never lets go!
After reading the story, I usually have the students help me write a Teeny Tiny tale of our own - an adapation based on the story I had just read. First, I model how to use the graphic organizer I created to assist students in planning their own original version of the tale. Then, we fill-in the story template together. The story can be spooky and Halloween related or have nothing at all to do with ghostly creatures.
Once we have written a class story using the template below, most students are ready and anxious to develop their own version of this traditional English ghost tale.
This is a fun one... and the stories are always so cute. You'll want to film or record your students reading these!
Click here to download the graphic organizer for free. You can find the entire 30 page file which includes the organizer, 8 page story template, an "About the Author" page, 2 different cover pages, and two completed student samples in my TPT store . More screen shots available there!