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Halloween in the classroom: zombies, ghosts and more

October 30, 2014

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This Halloween, PBS NewsHour Extra has got you covered with four spooktacular resources guaranteed to to engage your students.

1. Lesson Plans | PBS NewsHour Extra – The zombie autopsies for educators


These four neuroscience lesson plans, created in partnership from Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Steven Schlozman, build upon each other and feature a thrilling accompanying plot line where the world is fighting a zombie apocalypse and the best and brightest young people are being trained as medical students–with a specialty in neuroscience–in the hopes that they will be able to provide a cure and save humanity.

2. Radio story | Student Reporting Labs – The small town psychology of ghost stories

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What is it like to grow up in a place that has been described as both “a small West Texas town in the middle of nowhere” and “a hipster destination hotspot”? Teens from Marfa, Texas set out to capture the sounds and stories that make their home town so unique. This radio story, The Small Town Psychology Of Ghost Stories, details the mysterious Marfa Lights.

3. Article | PBS NewsHour – Police arrest one of 20 clowns terrorizing county in California


If the movies “It” and “Killer Clowns from Outer Space” gave you the heebie-jeebies, there’s another reason to be scared of clowns: An outbreak of clowns in the San Joaquin Valley are terrifying residents. PBS NewsHour author Rebecca Jacobson reports on the spooky story, click here to read the full article.

4. Video and support materials | PBS Newshour Extra – Starfish dying in real life horror movie 

Starfish up and down the Pacific Coast are dying from a mysterious epidemic that causes the creatures’ arms to crawl in opposite directions until they tear away from the body, causing the insides to spill out. The PBS NewsHour Daily Video includes a video and provides supplemental resources for teachers and students; click here for all the materials.

Media literacy education

What is media literacy?

Media literacy is the ability to access, evaluate and create all types of media, including news media.

All of NewsHour Classroom's resources contain lessons in media literacy, including questions like who produced the piece and what do you know about them?

Start by evaluating this video introducing NewsHour Classroom here.