Mystery/Suspense/Horror Reading Passages

Mystery stories involve characters who solve a crime or puzzle. The reader of a mystery follows the investigation along with the characters and may attempt to find a solution before the characters do. In suspense writings, the author presents the plot in such a way that the reader is worried or concerned about the eventual outcome. In works of horror, the author uses frightening or gruesome devices to create an atmosphere of fear which ultimately entertains the reader. All three types usually have a dark and strange tone.

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A Christmas Carol Reading Set

A traditional Christmas favorite, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge l...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Christmas for Older Students

Older students will enjoy these Christmas reading passages from classic literature. From the poetry of “A Visit From St. Nichol...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Edgar Allan Poe

Macabre, dark, foreboding; these adjectives are often used to describe the works of Edgar Allan Poe. While this is true of ma...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

The Creature Finds Fire

by Mary Shelley from Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

Chapter 11 passage: Published in 1818, Mary Shelley'...

507 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Theme

The Creature's Beginning

by Mary Shelley from Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

Chapter V passage: Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Franke...

659 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Character Traits and Context Clues

Invisible Isabella

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Something strange happens to Isabella whenever she l...

569 Words, 5th-7th Grades, Story Elements and Summary

The Pit and the Pendulum

by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was a master of creating tension in ...

407 Words, 8th-11th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Point of View

The End of It

by Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

Stave 5 passage: This passage from Charles Dickens’ ...

451 Words, 8th-11th Grades, 420L - 730L, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Story Elements

The Second of the Three Spirits

by Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

Stave Three passage: This passage from Charles Dicke...

616 Words, 8th-11th Grades, 420L - 730L, Theme

The First of the Three Spirits

by Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

Stave 2 passage: Charles Dickens’ classic story “A C...

781 Words, 8th-11th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Compare and Contrast, Context Clues, and Summary