Writing a Suspense Story Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students how to write suspense stories with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains the parts and literary techniques used in suspense stories, practicing with anchor texts before applying independently.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify parts of a suspense story
  • describe literary techniques used in suspense stories
  • write a suspense story with support and independently


1 hour for lesson plus time for independent application


Key Vocabulary

  • Suspense
  • Plot
  • Imagery
  • Show/not tell
  • Figurative language

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3.d

Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.5

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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