How to Write Your Own American Horror Story

The objective of this lesson is for students to write a short horror story while exploring proper story structure.

The genre of horror can be found in countless books, movies, and television shows. Most recently, the television show American Horror Story has become quite popular. This miniseries, which is an anthology series, follows a disparate group of characters and environments. What makes this show so successful and popular is the fear that the viewer feels at the climax of each episode.


Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Students should watch the embedded videos to help inspire their horror stories. Then, they should work in groups of two and use the following questions to help them brainstorm ideas for their stories:

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Lesson tags: Art, Creative Writing, Eighth, English, Ninth, Television, Tenth

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