This time I would like to recommend a Halloween story. The king of a story I would have loved to read in my literature class at uni but sadly we never found the time for it.
This one happens in Scotland but not in October as we are used to celebrating such spooky festivity. August is the time for enchantments and rituals that will bring terrifying consequences in Scottish lands.
The text is full of interesting vocab, folklore and it is beautifully written by Philarète Chasles. Its title: The Eye With No Lid.
As a teacher, you already know plenty of ways to work with such texts. The way I go with this one is by introducing the author and the story a bit. We talk about how the students celebrate this holiday and what do they think of scary tales in general. Then we read the text almost to its entirety since I remove the ending so they guess first what could happen in the end after all we’ve read. But that is the final activity besides asking about their opinion of the whole text. Continue reading