Project Description

We will venture into the dark by examining common themes in ghost stories and utilizing these popular tropes into our own ghostly narratives. Students will explore ghost stories through different narrative styles including choose-your-own-adventure stories, literary fiction, poetry, and short film (if expanding to a 5-part residency, students will also explore street art). Students will engage in personal and collective storytelling with a final project of a one-page ghost story.  


Final Product
Students will write a one-page ghost story and perform a dramatic reading for their class.

(If choosing a 5-part residency, the last day will be a Street Art Celebration where students choose a line from their final piece to create a chalk mural with an accompanying image)

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will engage in collective storytelling.
  • Students will be able to identify common motifs in ghost stories.
  • Students will improve their ability to write sensory-rich stories.
  • Students will gain confidence around sharing and composing personal narratives.
  • Students will learn how to put their own spin on a ghost story.

Suggested Grades

  • best suited for 7th-12th grades

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 2 hours per classroom
  • Materials: $3.50 per student
  • Travel from Portland

Why I teach art:

“I teach art because art allows students to explore their experiences and challenge the single stories that can silence creativity and dreaming. Teaching creative writing is one of my passions because it’s accessible and inexpensive, so students can continue to expand their poetic universes. I believe art-making is a portal to creative and confident communities, and I love getting to be a part of that spark. ” -Meg E. Ready

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