Creative Writing-High School Level

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Unit/Section 1: Introduction, Creativity, and Process

1 Lesson 1: Introduction to Creative Writing 14:22

In this lesson, students will learn

  • the materials necessary to succeed in this course
  • the nature of creativity
  • the benefits of creativity
  • the course objectives
  • the course overview

2 Lesson 2: Creativity and How to Tap Into It 19:31

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • how to proceed through the course
    • that they are, in fact, creative
    • that they should be writing primarily for themselves
    • that they should be writing every day
    • that they should designate a place for their writing
    • about the power of ritual
    • that putting pen to paper is the best way to do prewriting and drafting
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: 10 Keys to Creativity
      • begin working to develop/strengthen these traits
    • read the article: 8 Strange Rituals of Productive Writers
      • begin thinking of and testing out possible rituals
    • complete worksheet: Lesson 1 Questions
    • gather supplies and tools of the trade
    • set up a workspace
    • determine a good time for daily writing
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 2 Questions/Notes Sheet 
    • 10 Keys to Creativity
    • 8 Strange Rituals
    • Key for Lesson 2 Questions

3 Lesson 3: The Journal and Writing Practice 20:06

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • the various purposes and benefits of writing practice
    • the various purposes and benefits of using a journal
    • how to select a journal
    • that they will have a new creative journal prompt with every lesson
    • that they should do at least 1-2 pages of writing practice (personal writing) every day and what these can consist of
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: What Goes in My Journal
    • respond to this lesson's journal prompt warm-up
    • begin daily writing practice in the journal
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 2 Questions
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 3 Questions/Notes Sheet
    • What Goes in My Journal
    • Key for Lesson 3 Questions

4 Lesson 4: Process & Genre 14:50

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • the four steps in the writing process and why it's important to use them
    • about their final project for the course: The Anthology
    • the various literary genres
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Genre
    • respond to this lesson's journal prompt warm-up
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal 
  • documents to download
    • Genre

5 Lesson 5: Prewriting - Generating Ideas 28:41

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • how to combat writer's block
    • the various ways to generate ideas
    • why organizing ideas in creative writing is different
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Prewriting Sample
    • study the resource: Freewriting Sample
    • do the worksheet: Personal Experiences
    • respond to journal prompt warm-up for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal 
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 5 Questions/Notes
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 5 Questions/Notes
    • Prewriting Sample
    • Freewritign Sample
    • Personal Experiences
    • Key to Lesson 5 Questions/Notes

6 Section 1 Review and Quiz 13:15

In this lesson, we'll go over the Questions/Notes sheets for all applicable lessons.  Also, after the quiz, students will be given the answers and answers will be explained.

Unit/Section 2: Poetry Basics

7 Lesson 6: What is Poetry? 21:21

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • that there is no real definition of poetry
    • the difference between poetry and prose
    • the importance of words
    • that poems do not have to rhyme or be long to be effective
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: What is a Poem?
    • study the resource: Short Poems: Their Vitality and Versatility
    • do the exercise on the worksheet: Bubble Up Poem
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal 
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 6 Questions/Notes
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 6 Questions/Notes
    • What is a Poem?
    • Short Poems: Their Vitality and Versatility
    • Bubble Up Poem
    • Key for Lesson 6 Questions/Notes

8 Lesson 7: Creative Manipulation of Language 23:16

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • the definitions and importance of the following types of language and which is the best to use in their writing:
      • general
      • specific
      • concrete
      • abstract
    • how to make nouns, verbs, and modifiers more specific, concrete and colorful
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Creative Manipulation of Language
    • do the worksheet: Concrete and Specific Language
    • do the worksheet: Ladder of Abstraction
    • do the worksheet: Modifiers Exercise
    • do the journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily journal writing
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 6 Questions

9 Lesson 8: Poetic Models 1 18:04

in this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • how following a model is still original, creative poetry
    • the importance and function of a good title
    • how to use poetic models
  • be asked to
    • study the worksheet: The Title is a Tribute and Suggested Answers
    • do the following worksheets to draft the first set of poetic models
      • Acrostic
      • Dream Poems
      • Wish Poems
      • Lie Poems
      • I Used to Be Poems
      • Apology Poems
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal 
  • documents to download
    • Titles
    • Titles: Suggested Responses
    • Poetic Models 1 (contains all 6 handouts)

10 Lesson 9: Poetic Models 2 18:04

in this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • to use creative language with six additional poetic models
  • be asked to
    • do Poetic Models 2 which consists of the following worksheets
      • Haiku
      • Cinquain
      • Diamond
      • Concrete
      • 5 Ws
      • Limerick
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 8 Questions
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 9 Questions/Notes
    • Poetic Devices 2 (includes all poetic model worksheets)
    • Key for Lesson 9 Questios/Notes

11 Lesson 10: Figurative Language 1 15:21

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • what similes, metaphors, extended metaphors are how/when to use them
    • what cliches are, why they make for weak writing, and the exception to the rule to avoid them
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Samples of Similies and Metaphors
    • study the resource: Cliches and do the exercises
    • do the worksheet: Metaphors and Similes
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 10 Questions/Notes
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal 
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 10 Questions/Notes
    • Sample Similes and Metaphors
    • Similie and Metaphor Exercises
    • Simile and Metaphor Exercises Key
    • Cliches
    • Cliches Key
    • Lesson 10 Questions/Notes Key

12 Lesson 11: Figurative Language 2 15:52

In this lesson, students will

  • learn about the following, how/when to use them to enrich their writing
    • hyperbole
    • onomatopoeia
    • anaphora
    • alliteration
  • will be asked to
    • do the worksheet: Find the Hyperbole
    • study the resource: Sample Onomatopoeic Words
    • do the worksheet: Identifying Onomatopoeia
    • study the resource: Anaphora
    • study the resource: Alliteration Examples and do the exercises
    • do the worksheet: Blotz Poem
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 10 Questions
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to be downloaded
    • Lesson 11 Questions/Notes
    • Hyperbole Worksheet
    • Hyperbole 2 (second worksheet)
    • Hyperbole Key (for both worksheets)
    • Sample Onomatopoeiac Words
    • Onomatopoeia Worksheet 1
    • Onomatopoeia Worksheet 2
    • Onomatoporia Worksheet Key (for both worksheets)
    • Anaphora
    • Alliteration Examples/Exercise
    • Blotz Poem
    • Lesson 11 Questions/Notes key

13 Lesson 12: Figurative Language 3 18:50

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • how to write effective imagery and personification
    • how to put the figurative language into poetry that is not a model
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Imagery Examples
    • do the worksheet: Sense Poem
    • do the worksheet: Personification
    • study the worksheet: Personification Poem
    • study the resource: Sample Personification Poems
    • study the resource: Qualities for Personification Poem and choose one about which to write
    • write a poem according to the directions
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal 
  • documents to download
    • Imagery Examples
    • Imagery Examples Key
    • Sense Poetry
    • Personification
    • Personification Key
    • Personification Poem Directions and Samples
    • Qualities

14 Lesson 13: Observation and Description 16:45

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • the importance of good observation skills
    • what these skills are and how to develop them
    • the importance of good description skills
    • that good description is and how to do it effectively
  • be asked to
    • read the resource: Descriptive Paragraphs
    • study the resource: Description - Be Selective
    • follow the directions on the worksheet: Observation and Description Practice
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 13 Questions
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 13 Questions/Notes
    • Descriptive Paragraphs
    • Decripition - Be Selective!
    • Observation and Discription Exercise
    • Leson 13 Questions/Notes Key

15 Section 2 Review and Quiz 18:13

In this lesson, we'll go over the Questions/Notes sheets for all applicable lessons.  Also, after the quiz, students will be given the answers and answers will be explained.

Unit/Section 3: Prose Basics

16 Lesson 14: Elements of Fiction & Confict 17:43

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • the importance of conflict
    • the various types of conflict
    • the four elements of fiction and what happens during each
  • be asked to
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 14 Questions
    • do the worksheet: Settings Worksheet 1
    • study the resource: Types of Confilct
    • do the worksheet: Conficts Worksheet 1
    • do the worksheet: Conflics Worksheet 2
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 14 Questions/Notes
    • Settings Worksheet 1
    • Conficts Worksheet 1
    • Conflits Worksheet 2
    • Settings Worksheet 1 Key
    • Conflicts Worksheet 1 Key
    • Conflicts Worksheet 2 Key
    • Leson 14 Questions/Notes Key

17 Lesson 15: Elements of Plot 13:06

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • the importance of conflict
    • the various types of conflict
    • the four elements of fiction and what happens during each
  • be asked to
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 15 Questions
    • study the resource: Story Pyramid: Analyzing Stories
    • study the resource: The Way of the World
    • do the worksheet: The Way of the World - Reading Skill Sheet
    • study the resource: Story Structure Example and Explanation
    • study the resource: Pierce the Spaceman
    • do the worksheet: Pierce the Spaceman Worksheets
    • do the worksheet: Plot Quiz - Unto Others
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 15 Questions/Notes
    • Story Pyramid: Analyzing Stories
    • The Way of the World (story, skill sheet, and explanation together)
    • Pierce the Spaceman (story and worksheet)
    • Pierce the Spaceman Worksheet Key
    • Plot Quiz - Unto Others
    • Plot Quiz - Unto Others Key
    • Leson 15 Questions/Notes Key

18 Lesson 16: Character Types and Development 22:09

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • the different types of characters
    • the impotance of good character development
    • how to develop characters
  • be asked to
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 16 Questions
    • study the resource: The Writer's Craft Character Worksheet (and the two alternate options)
    • develop a character based on a photograph with me to model the proess
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 16 Questions/Notes
    • The Writer's Craft Character Worksheet
    • Character Worksheet (alternate option)
    • Character Creation (alternate option)
    • Leson 16 Questions/Notes Key

19 Lesson 17: Characters: Action and Dialog 21:24

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • the different types of characters
    • the impotance of good character development
    • how to develop characters
  • be asked to
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 17 Questions
    • do the worksheet: Show Don't Tell Exercise
    • study the resource: Skills Revivew: Quotation Marks Rules
    • do the worksheet: Skills Review: Using Quotation Marks
    • do the worksheet: Skills Review: Paragraphing Dialog
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 17 Questions/Notes
    • Show Don't Tell Exercixe
    • Skills Review: Quotation Marks Rules
    • Skiils Review: Using Quotation Marks
    • Skills Review: Paragraphing Dialog
    • Show Don't Tell Exercise Key
    • Using Quotation Marks Key
    • Paragraphing Dialog Key
    • Leson 17 Questions/Notes Key

20 Lesson 18: Putting it All Together 12:56

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • the different types of characters
    • the impotance of good character development
    • how to develop characters
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Hero/Villain Story Directions
    • study the resource: The Wallet
    • study the resource: Story Pyramid WOrksheet for The Wallet
    • complete TWO worksheets: Character Worksheets (you decide which you want to use)
    • complete the worksheet: Setting Worksheet
    • complete the worksheet: Story Pyramid Worksheet
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Hero/Villain Story Diretions
    • The Wallet (Story and Story Pyramid together)
    • 2 of any of the optional provided Character Worksheets (3)
    • Setting Worksheet
    • Story Pyramid Worksheet

21 Section 3 Review and Quiz 10:14

In this lesson, we'll go over the Questions/Notes sheets for all applicable lessons.  Also, after the quiz, students will be given the answers and answers will be explained.

Unit/Section 4: Advanced Poetry

22 Lesson 19: Rhyme Scheme, Meter & Poetic Structure 26:48

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • how to determine rhyme scheme
    • how to rhyme using various rhyme schemes
    • about metric feet and meter
    • several poetic structures and how to use them to write poetry
  • be asked to
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 19 Questions/Notes
    • do the worksheet: Rhyme Schemes
    • study the resource: Meter
    • study the resource: Verse Models
    • do the assignment handout: Rhyme, Meter, and Verse Models Assignment
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 19 Questions/Notes
    • Rhyme Schemes
    • Meter
    • Verse Models
    • Rhyme, Meter, and Verse Models Assignment
    • Rhyme Schemes Key
    • Lesson 19 Questions/Notes Key

23 Lesson 20: The Ballad 27:35

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • the characteristics and components of a Ballad
    • how to read and analyze two sample Ballads with me
    • how to work through the process to create an original Ballad
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Ballad of William Sycamore
    • study the resource: We Are Seven
    • do the assignment handout: Ballad Directions and Rubric
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • The Ballad of William Sycamore
    • We Are Seven
    • Ballad Directions and Rubric

24 Lesson 21: Free Verse 19:53

In this lesson, students will

  • learn
    • the characteristics and components of a Free Verse poem
    • how to read and analyze multiple sample Free Verse poems with me
    • how to work through the process to create an original Free Verse poem
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Examples of Free Verse Poems
    • do the assignment handout: Free Verse Directions and Rubric
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Examples of Free Verse Poems
    • Free Verse Directions and Rubric

25 Lesson 22: Modeling Well-Known Poetry 19:21

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • what parody is
    • how to model well-known poems
    • to work through the process to create two original parodys
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Modeling Poetry (The Wife's Complaint and The Teacher's Complaint)
    • study the resource: Carl Sandburg's Chicago and Waco Texas
    • do the assignment: Write a complaint poem to model those on the Modeling Poetry Resources
    • do the assignment handout: Prewriting Sheet for Modeling Carl Sandburg's "Chicago"
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Modeling Poetry
    • Carl Sandburg's Chicago
    • Prewriting Sheet

26 Section 4 Review and Quiz 09:00

In this lesson, we'll go over the Questions/Notes sheets for all applicable lessons.  Also, after the quiz, students will be given the answers and answers will be explained.

Unit/Section 5: Advanced Prose

27 Lesson 23: Characters: Types and Development 21:55

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • about major and minor characters
    • about flat and round characters
    • about static and dynamic characters
    • how to successfully develop interesting and memorable characctdrs
    • about direct and indirect characterization
    • how to successfully incorporate indirect characterization to elevate the level of narration
  • be asked to
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 23 Questions/Notes
    • study the resource: Types of Characters
    • study the resource: Direct and Indirect Characterization
    • study the resource: Character Traits
    • do the worksheet: Characterization
    • do the assignment handout: Characterization Exercise
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 23 Questions/Notes
    • Types of Charaters
    • Direct and Indirect Characterization
    • Character Traits List
    • Characterization Planning Sheet
    • Characterization Exericise
    • Lesson 23 Questions/Notes Key

28 Lesson 24: Character Archetypes 19:57

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • what archetypes are
    • how character archetypes help in character development
    • how character archetypes are used
    • how to use character archetypes
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Character Archetypes 
    • study the resource: 12 Common Character Archteypes
    • do the worksheet: Support Character Development Using Archetypes Exercise
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Character Archtypes
    • 12 Common Character Archteyes 
    • Support Character Development Using Archetypes Exercise

29 Lesson 25: Plot: The Hero's Journey 30:00

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • what the hero's journey archetype is
    • how well-known plots follow it
    • how to write a story using the hero's journey archetypes
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: 7 Story Archetypes 
    • study the resource: The Hero's Journey Explained
    • study the resource: 6 Popular Movies Follow the Hero's Journey 
    • study the resouce: Star Wars Hero's Journey
    • do the assignment: Hero's Journey Story Directions and Rubric
    • do the worksheet: Hero's Journey Blank Organizer
    • do the appropriate number of worksheets: Character Development Sheet (you decide which you prefer-download from Lesson 16)
    •  do the appropriate number of worksheets: Characterization Planning Sheet (download from Lesson 16)
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • 7 Story Archetypes
    • The Hero's Journey Explained
    • 6 Popular Movies Follow the Hero's Journey (this might be easier to read if left on the screen and enlarged)
    • Star Wars Hero's Journey
    • Hero's Journey Story Directions and Rubric
    • Hero's Journey Blank Organizer

30 Lesson 26: Theme and Thematic Statement 13:04

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • to tell the difference between theme and thematic statement and which is the most important
    • multiple common and universal themes
    • to identify and explain thematic statements
    • to write thematic statements for various themes
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: A Huge List of Common Themes 
    • study the resource: Universal Themes
    • study the resource: Theme Annabell Lee
    • do the assignment handout: Theme Assignment
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • A Huge List of Common Thenes
    • Universal Thees
    • Theme Worksheet
    • Theme Assignment
    • Theme Worksheet Key

31 Lesson 27: Mood and Symbolism 14:50

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • what symbolism is and about common and uncommon symbols
    • what can be used as a symbol
    • why symbols should be used in creative writing
    • important guidelines for using symbols
    • what mood is
    • how to create mood
  • be asked to
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 27 Questions/Notes
    • study the resource: Some Common/Traditional Symbols 
    • study the resource: Why You Shoud Use Symbolism in Your Writing
    • do the worksheet: Symbolism Worksheet
    • study the resource: Mood
    • do the worksheet: Mood Worksheet
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 27 Questions/Notes
    • Some Common/Traditional Themes
    • Why You should Use Symbolism in Your Writing
    • Symbolism Worksheet
    • Mood
    • Mood Worksheet
    • Mood Worksheet Key
    • Lesson 27 Questions/Notes Key

32 Lesson 28: Point of View 14:56

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • what point of view is 
    • the basic rule and exception for point of view
    • how to determine point of view
    • how to decide which point of view to use
  • be asked to
    • do the worksheet: Lesson 28 Questions/Notes
    • study the resource: Pronouns and Distance 
    • study the resource: Point of View
    • do the worksheet: Point of View Worksheet 11
    • do the worksheet: Identifying Narrative Perspective
    • do the warm-up journal prompt for this lesson
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Lesson 28 Questions/Notes
    • Pronouns and Distance
    • Point of View
    • Point of View Worksheet 11
    • Identifying Narrative Perspective
    • Point of View Worksheet 11 Key
    • Identifing Narrative Perspective Key
    • Lesson 28 Questions/Notes Key

33 Section 5 Review and Quiz 15:10

In this lesson, we'll go over the Questions/Notes sheets for all applicable lessons.  Also, after the quiz, students will be given the answers and answers will be explained.

Unit/Section 6: Genre Studies

34 Lesson 29: Creative Nonfiction/Memoir 21:28

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • what the genre studies unit is about
    • what creative nonfiction is 
    • what memoir is
    • how to plan and create a memoir
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Sample Memoir
    • do the assignment: Memoir Directions and Rubric
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Sample Memoir
    • Memoir Directions and Rubric

35 Lesson 30: Myths, Fairy Tales, and Tall Tales 20:46

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • the characteristics of a myth
    • the different categories of myths
    • the characteristics of a fairy tale
    • the caractristics of a tall tale
    • how to plan and create original stories in these genres
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Greek Creation Myth
    • study the resource: American Indian Creation Myths
    • do the asignment: Myth Directions and Rubric
    • do the asignment: Fairy Tale Directions and Rubric
    • study the resource: Pecos Bill (Am Amerian Tall Tale)
    • do the asignment: Tall Tale Directions and Rubric
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Greek Creation Myth
    • Amerian Indian Creation Myths
    • Myth Directions and Rubric
    • Fairy Tale Directions and Rubric
    • Pecos Bill (An American Tall Tale)
    • Tall Tale Diretions and Rubric

36 Lesson 31: Science Fiction & Fantasy 10:58

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • the characteristics of a science fiction
    • the different categories of fantasy
    • how to plan and create original stories in these genres
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
    • choose do to one of both of:
      • the asignment: Science Fiction Directions and Rubric
      • the asignment: Fantasy Directions and Rubric
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Science and Fantasy Writing
    • Science Fiction Directions and Rubric
    • Fantasy Diretions and Ruric

37 Lesson 32: One-Act Play 13:31

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • the characteristics of a One-Act Play
    • how to plan and create an original piece in this genre
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Reading a One-Act Play (Tender Offer)
    • study the resource: Short Plays
    • choose do the asignment: One-Act Play Directions and Rubric
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Reading a One-Act Play (Tender Offer)
    • Short Plays
    • One-Actd Play Directions and Rubric

38 Lesson 33: Writing with Visual Aids 28:34

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • the characteristics of a comic strip
    • the characteristics of a commercial
    • the characteristics of a greeting card
    • how to plan and create an original piece in this genre
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Comic Strip Examples
    • do the worksheet: Write the Dialog
    • choose do the asignment: Comic Strip Directions and Rubric
    • study the resource: How to Write a 30-Second Commercial
    • study and use the resource: Commercial Script
    • do the asignment: Commercial Directions and Rubric
    • study the resource: 12 Tips for Greeting Card Writing
    • do the asignment: Greeting Card Directions and Rubric
    • continue daily writing practice in the journal
  • documents to download
    • Comic Strip Examples
    • Write the Dialog
    • Comic Strip Directions and Rubric
    • How to Write a 30-Second Commercial
    • Commercial Script
    • Commercial Directions and Rubric
    • 12 Tips for Greeting Card Writing
    • Greeting Card Directions and Rubric

39 Section 6 Review and Quiz 10:20

In this lesson, we'll go over the Questions/Notes sheets for all applicable lessons.  Also, after the quiz, students will be given the answers and answers will be explained.

Unit/section 7: Publishing

40 Lesson 34: What You Need to Know 17:10

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • terminology related to the publishing industry
    • basic steps to getting a publishing contract for fiction
    • basic steps to getting a publishing contract for nonfiction
    • how a manuscript becomes a book
    • key characteristics of successful writers
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Publishing Guidelines l
  • documents to download
    • Publishing Guidelines

41 Lesson 35: The Anthology 16:08

In this lesson, students will

  • learn 
    • what an anthology is
    • the value of keeping the anthology and ways in which to use it
    • the directions for putting it together
    • the requirements to create an outstanding book
  • be asked to
    • study the resource: Required Work
    • study the resource: Anthology Directions and Sample Pages
    • study the resource: Anthology Rubric
    • create a professional product based on the directions in the video andin the resources
  • documents to download
    • Required Work
    • Anthology Directions and Sample Pages
    • Anthology Rubric

42 Course Review, Final Exam, and Conclusion 02:45

In this lesson, we'll go over the the major terms and concepts covered in the course.  Also, after the exam, students will be given the answers and answers will be explained.  I will also share some parting thoughts and comments.

Important Notes: Creative Writing is a wonderful subject that lends itself to a multitude of forms and content.  While worksheets and quizzes are provided to enhance and assess learning of concepts, it is the writing itself that makes a writer a writer! I go over all worksheet and quiz answer keys.  The only thing parents need to do is make sure the student is:

  • writing in the Journal every day
    • daily personal entries
    • prompts from the course
  • taking notes
  • doing the exercises
  • doing the writing assigned (which will require the student to apply what was learned in that lesson)

The student's work will culminate in a creative Anthology of his/her work to showcase the creativity developed, devices mastered, and variety of genre endeavored.  I highly advise parents to provide position feedback on this project and encourage the student to keep it forever as a testament to his/her growth and development as a writer and to enjoy revisiting it over the years.  

 

This Course Contains

  • An Introduction 
  • 8 Sections/Units
    • S1: Let's Get Started
    • S2: Poetry
    • S3: Prose
    • S4: Genre Study
    • S5: Advanced Poetry
    • S6: Advanced Prose
    • S7: Publishing
    • S8: Final Project and Exam
  • A list of multiple valuable general resources 
  • X warm-up writing prompts
  • X worksheets
  • X answer keys
  • X unit-related resources
  • X warm-up writing prompts
  • 7 quizzes
  • one final exam

 

Course Goals:

Upon completion of this course, students will have

  • engaged with diverse forms of self-expression
  • multiple methods from which to choose to generate ideas
  • learned the value of personal experience as a source
  • learned to generate a positive attitude toward the process of creative writing
  • experimented with a wide variety of activities and approaches to creative writing
  • an understanding of various literary genres in for self-expression
  • learned and worked with a large number of tools for effective revision
  • engaged in purposeful, playful learning experiences
  • learned that creative writing can be a life-enhancing activity for personal growth
  • learned the balance between writing for him/herself and writing for an audience

 

Target Audience:

This course is intended for any high school age students who have not already taken a course in creative writing and who want to learn and strengthen their creativity and skills by writing in various genres. 

 

Course Requirements:

Students will be required to

  • watch the video lessons (more than once if necessary)
  • keep a daily personal Journal
  • complete short creative warm-ups for each lesson
  • review and study all resource material with me 
  • do all exercise worksheets and make corrections if necessary when I go over them
  • do the assigned writing according to directions to apply knowledge and skills covered in the lessons
  • take and pass all 7 quizzes
  • take and pass the final exam
  • compile their writing in an illustrated Anthology as the final project

 

COURSE TOPICS (please see individual course descriptions for more information)

Introduction: 

  • Materials required
  • The nature of creativity 
  • The benefits of creativity
  • You ARE creative
  • Course objectives
  • Course overview

Unit/Section 1: Let's Get Started

  • Lesson 1: Creativity and How to Tap Into It
  • Lesson 2: Journaling
  • Lesson 3: Process and Genre
  • Lesson 4: Prewriting-Generating Ideas

Unit/Section 2: Poetry

  • Lesson 5: Creative Manipulation of Language
  • Lesson 6: Poetic Models 1
  • Lesson 7: Poetic Models 2
  • Lesson 8: Figurative Language Part 1
  • Lesson 9: Figurative Language Part 2
  • Lesson 10: Observation and Description

Unit/Section 3: Prose

  • Lesson 11: Elements of Fiction
  • Lesson 12: Elements of Plot
  • Lesson 13: Character Development
  • Lesson 14: Point of View and Dialog

Unit/Section 4: Genre Study

  • Lesson 15: Short Story
  • Lesson 16: Memoir 
  • Lesson 17: Hero/Villian Story
  • Lesson 18: Horror Story/Thriller
  • Lesson 19: Mystery 
  • Lesson 20: Myth
  • Lesson 21: One-Act Play
  • Lesson 22: Writing for Children

 Unit/Section 5: Advanced Poetry

  • Lesson 23: Rhyme
  • Lesson 24: Meter 
  • Lesson 25: Free Verse

Unit/Section 6: Advanced Prose

  • Lesson 26: Archetypes
  • Lesson 27: Incorporating Symbols
  • Lesson 28: Working with Theme

Unit/Section 7: Publishing

  • Lesson 29: Getting an Agent
  • Lesson 30: The Publisher
  • Lesson 31: Self-Publishing

Unit/Section 8: Final Assessments

  • Lesson 32: The Anthology
  • Lesson 33: The Final Exam

 

  • Teacher: Sandra
  • Areas of expertise: English Language Arts, especially writing, both creative and academic
  • Education: Associate Degree in Liberal Arts (Oakland Community College) Bachelor Degree in Education (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Master Degree in Teaching (Marygrove College) Master of Arts Degree in English (Oakland University)
  • Interests: Reading (especially novels), writing (both creatively and academically), teaching (designing and delivering lessons, watching students learn!), kayaking, biking, hiking
  • Skills: Writing, teaching, getting and staying organized, being extremely efficient
  • Associations:
  • Issues I care about: Education, the environment, women's rights, social justice

I have an abiding passion for young people and their education and for the power of language. Language is the foundation of communication and, with so many public schools focusing more on data collection and standardized test preparation than on teaching and leaning, I see the knowledge and skill development of so many students being neglected due to lack of thorough instruction and lack of the practice and nurturing that solid development of these skills requires. I am resolved to do whatever I can to ameliorate this. Through my tutoring and association with Lernsys, I am able to make much more of a difference than I had been able to do in my last years as a public school teacher. Communication skills, whether written or spoken, critical or creative, are truly invaluable, and it is my pleasure to impart my knowledge and skills in this area to young people and to anyone else who may need to increase their knowledge or improve their skills.

Resources

A list of resources to help you pursue a creative life!

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