HAUNTED HOUSE TALES – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast

Students create a house-shaped book out of construction paper, and use construction paper crayons to add details to the front and insides of the house. They use the book to illustrate a tale they have written about a haunted house.

Required Time

120 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 2 to Grade 6

Subject

Language Arts
Mathematics
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

contrast emphasis length tale triangle width

Materials

Construction Paper 30.5 cm x 45.7 cm (12" x 18") Scissors Rulers Pencils Construction Paper Crayons Markers, Fine Line - Black

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Steps

HAUNTED HOUSE TALES – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step One

Step One

  1. Fold the paper into 8 boxes.
    - Fold it in half twice, widthwise (short end to short end).
    - Open it up and fold it in half lengthwise (long end to long end). 
HAUNTED HOUSE TALES – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Place the paper on the desk in the landscape position.
  2. There should be 4 boxes above the horizontal fold, and 4 boxes below it.
  3. Draw an 'X' from one corner to the other on the 2nd box from the left ABOVE the horizontal fold.
  4. Draw an 'X' from one corner to the other on the 3rd box from the left BELOW the horizontal fold.
HAUNTED HOUSE TALES – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Use the 'X' lines as guides.
  2. Draw a triangle with the base on the horizontal fold in both boxes.
  3. Erase the rest of the 'X' lines.
  4. There should be a zigzag line in the middle of the paper.
HAUNTED HOUSE TALES – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Fold the paper in half widthwise (short end to short end).
  2. Make a small cut in the corner of the paper at the end of the line so you can insert your scissors.
HAUNTED HOUSE TALES – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Open up the paper and carefully insert your scissors. 
  2. Cut along the zigzag line.
HAUNTED HOUSE TALES – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Fold the paper in half lengthwise (long end to long end).
  2. Hold the edges of the paper and push towards the centre until you see a box formed.
  3. Keep pushing until all the pages line up.
HAUNTED HOUSE TALES – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Seven

Step Seven

  1. Flatten the paper and fold it in half to make the book.
HAUNTED HOUSE TALES – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Eight

Step Eight

  1. Use construction paper crayons to colour the inside and the outside of the house.
    - draw lots of story details
    - include 3 architectural details
    - blend colours by colouring one over another
    - create shadows using grey and violets
    - create contrast by putting light colours beside dark colours
    - create lights where light is falling, and shadows in the corners
HAUNTED HOUSE TALES – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Nine

Step Nine

  1. Use a pencil to draw lines on the blank pages.
  2. Use a fine tip marker to write your story.
  3. Be careful to keep the pages in the correct order.
HAUNTED HOUSE TALES – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Ten

Step Ten

  1. Fold the book together.
  2. View the book from all angles, inside and outside.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a house-shaped book from a single sheet of paper;
  2. Write a story about a haunted house;
  3. Illustrate their story with detailed drawings for the inside and outside of the house;
  4. Use contrast to create areas of emphasis;
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; and
  6. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

Extensions

Have students:

  1. Share their stories with younger students in another class.
  2. Teach a partner in that class how to make the book.
  3. Work together to write and illustrate a story.

Prepare

  1. Create a blank sample book.
  2. Gather and make available books about Hallowe'en and haunted houses, for example, Halloween: Scary Halloween Stories for Kids, by Arnie Lightning; The Night Before Halloween, by Natasha Wing, and Cynthia Fisher; In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories, by Alvin Schwartz, and Dirk Zimmer; Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories, by Roald Dahl; Ghosts!: Ghostly Tales from Folklore, by Alvin Schwartz, and Victoria Chess; At the Old Haunted House, by Helen Ketteman, and Nate Wragg; Ten Timid Ghosts, by Jennifer O'Connell; and A to Z Mysteries: The Haunted Hotel, by Ron Roy, and John Steven Gurney.
  3. Download images of Victorian houses from the Internet, for example,
    Aspen
    East Hallam
    Sawyerville
    Monroe
  4. Prior to this lesson:
    - Read stories about haunted houses and Hallowe'en.
    - Make a chart list of characterisitics of spooky stories. For example,
       - creates a sense of fear 
       - there's an element of surprise
       - builds suspense
       - some sort of mystery
  5. Discuss details that could be included in illustrations about haunted houses such as: 
    - spider webs and spiders
    - witch's things such as hats, brooms, cauldrons
    - rats
    - black cats
    - ghosts
    - furniture
    - architectural details such as, window frames and shapes; exterior surface; shutters; doors; shingles; and door knobs
  6. Have students write a story about a haunted house.

Introduction

  1. Have some students share their stories and discuss key elements of the story. 
  2. Show students the house shaped book and discuss what details would be needed both inside and out to match the story. 
  3. Discuss what kind of architectural details they could add to emphasize the type of story it is.
  4. View the house images and draw attention to details such as windows, doors and exterior coverings.
  5. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Write a story about a haunted house.
  2. Create a house-shaped book from a single sheet of paper.
  3. Illustrate your story with detailed drawings for the inside and outside of the house.
  4. Use contrast to create areas of emphasis.
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  6. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - created my house-shaped book accurately from one sheet of paper
    - included lots of details that match the story
    - included 3 architectural details
    - used contrasting colours to create emphasis
    - included 4 characteristics of spooky stories in my tale
    - printed my story neatly inside the book
    - created a book that is in good condition
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Encourage students to think of how they can use contrast to create areas of emphasis.
  5. Observe students as they work. 
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Once all the books are complete ask students to share them in partners or small groups. 
    Ask them to:
    - Take turns reading the stories to each other without looking at the illustrations.
    - Tell what details they expect to see from hearing the story.
    Look closely at the illustrations and how the books are made.
    - Share thoughts about the work.
    - Talk about how the designs match the story.

    - Tell what was satisfying about making the book and explain why.
  2. Ask some students to share their ideas with the whole class.
  3. Display the house-shaped books as if they are on a street.
  4. Provide time for students to read each others' books.

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the books – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and the stories, and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Download - House_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to reflect on their work. (Download - House_self-assessment.pdf)