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In this heavily researched article, Dr. Mary C. Lamia delineates between anxiety and fear, and explains why fear is such a complex emotion to understand.Pair “The Complexity of Fear” with “Why is it fun to be frightened?” to provide students with additional information about fear. Ask students to discuss why people experience fear. How does fear of a real threat compare to fear of a harmless threat, like what you would encounter in a haunted house? Do students think haunted houses and horror films can also cause people to feel anxiety? Do they think this type of anxiety can be fun? Why or why not?
In "What Fear Can Teach Us," Karen Thompson Walker discusses the effects that fear has on decision-making and invokes a true story about the sailors of the Essex to illustrate her argument.Pair “What Fear Can Teach Us” with “Why is it fun to be frightened?” and ask students to discuss how we are affected by fear. Ask students to discuss how Karen Thompson Walker explores what we can learn from examining our fears more closely. How can this benefit people? How does this compare to engaging in scary fun?
In the informational text "Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction," Shelby Ostergaard discusses the characteristics of dystopian fiction and how the genre comments on society.Pair “Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction” with “Why is it fun to be frightened?” and ask students to discuss dystopian and horror films. How do dystopian and horror films play on society’s fears? Do students think viewers have the same fun-scary experience with dystopian films as they do with horror? Why or why not?
In this short story, written by the award-winning author Neil Gaiman, a young boy asks his sister's boyfriend to tell him a story.Pair “Why is it fun to be frightened” with “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” and ask students to explore why we read scary stories. How do the findings in Kerr’s article explain why people might enjoy the feeling of being frightened? Is “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” a frightening story? How does it make you build, in Kerr’s words “greater self-knowledge and resilience”?