Narrative Techniques: Creating Tension & Suspense (Part One)

Resource ID#: 195895 Type: Original Student Tutorial
error indicator Login will be required December 31, 2021 to access all the CPALMS original student tutorials. Florida public school students will continue to have access to this and all other tutorials at or their CPALMS Class Sites. Florida public school teachers will continue to be able to access them here and on For all other teachers, parents, and students, you can access them with a subscription on


accessibleversion.pdf Accessible version of the tutorial content in PDF format

General Information

Subject(s): English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9, 10
Intended Audience: Students
Instructional Time: 35 Minute(s)
Keywords: English, English Language Arts, Language Arts, ELA, tutorials, e-learning, tension, suspense, exposition, pacing, foreshadowing, manipulation of time, word choice, sentence length, Richard Connell, narrative techniques, The Most Dangerous Game, hunting, hunters, elearning

Aligned Standards

This vetted resource aligns to concepts or skills in these benchmarks.

Suggested Tutorials

Unveiled: Examining Symbolism in "The Most Dangerous Game" (Part Three):

Examine the use of symbolism within the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" and explain how it contributes to the story’s meaning. In this interactive tutorial, you’ll also learn about the specific motif that occurs throughout the story and see how it adds another layer of meaning to the text.

This is Part Three of a three-part tutorial series. Be sure to complete Parts One and Two before starting this one.

Click HERE to launch Part One.

Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Narrative Techniques: Creating Tension & Suspense (Part Two):

Analyze how the author uses various narrative techniques, includuing the manipulation of time, to build suspense in the classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game" with this interactive tutorial.

This is part two in a three-part series. Be sure to complete all three parts! 

Click HERE to launch Part One.

Click HERE to launch Part Three.

Its all about Mood: Bradbury's "Zero Hour":

Learn how authors create mood in a story through this interactive tutorial. You'll read a science fiction short story by author Ray Bradbury and analyze how he uses images, sound, dialogue, setting, and characters' actions to create different moods. This tutorial is Part One in a two-part series. In Part Two, you'll use Bradbury's story to help you create a Found Poem that conveys multiple moods.

When you've completed Part One, click HERE to launch Part Two.

Related Resources

Other vetted resources related to this resource.