Creative Writing - ALL GENRES – Grade 9, 10, 11

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Introduction

0 Introduction to the Course 03:28

A general overview of what we will cover throughout the class.

Fiction

1 Lesson One - Getting Started with Fiction 24:01

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The Importance of Daily Writing, Writing Journal Prompt #1, Basic Elements of Fiction, 55 Word Short Story

 

 

LESSON ONE - Fiction

1. Importance of daily writing – Students should write every day even if they fall behind on videos

   - Link to 365 creative writing prompts

2. Writer's Journal #1 – How to write in a Writer's Journal - Prompt #1

   - Written list of all Writer’s Journal Prompts used throughout the course

3. Fiction – most of us are probably most familiar with this

   - Elements of Plot

     *More than just Action

     *Plot Peak

       ~Exposition

       ~Inciting Incident

       ~Rising Action

       ~Climax

       ~Falling Action

       ~Resolution

   - Types of Characters

       ~Protagonist

       ~Antagonist

       ~Foil

4. 55 Word Story Assignment #1

5. QUIZ over Elements of Plot, Types of Characters and Daily Writing

2 Lesson Two - Types of Plots 12:31

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Writing Journal Prompt #2, The Six Types of Plots, 55 Word Story #2

 

 

 

LESSON TWO - Fiction

1. Writer's Journal #2

2. Types of plots – Every story ever written has one of these six basic plots

   - BBC article

3. Elements of character and plot to focus on…

   - Does the protagonist predominate the story?

   - Do they have a crisis to overcome?

   - Does the protagonist mentally grow or change by the end of the story?

4. 55 Word Story Assignment #2

5. QUIZ – 6 types of Plots

3 Lesson Three - Six More Elements of Fiction 16:11

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Writing Journal Prompt #3, Six More Elements of Fiction, 55 Word Story #3

 

 

 

LESSON THREE - Fiction

1. Writer’s Journal #3

2. Six more elements of fiction to apply to your writing

   - Theme

   - Logical Chain of Events

   - Setting

   - Tone

   - Dialogue

   - Making purposeful choices

4. 55 Word Story Assignment #3

   - Can today’s writing be expanded into a full length short story?

5. QUIZ – Six more elements of fiction

4 Lesson Four - It's All About Character 16:58

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Writing Journal Prompt #4, Character Literary Terms, Review Worksheet

 

 

LESSON FOUR - Fiction

1. Writers Journal #4

2. Literary Terms – Character

     - Character

     - Characterization

          * Direct vs. Indirect Characterization

     - Character Motivation

          * Purpose

          * Impulse

          * Desire

     - Types of characters

          * Protagonist

          * Antagonist

          * Foil

          * Dynamic vs. Static

          * Antihero

          * Round vs. Flat

          * Stock

          * Tragic Hero

     - Character Action

          * Reversal

          * Recognition

3. Literary Terms #1 Worksheet

4. QUIZ - Literary Terms #1

5 Lesson Five - Developing Your Character 16:02

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Writing Journal Prompt #5, Ways to Develop Character, Creating a Character Outline

 

 

 

LESSON FIVE - Fiction

1. Writer’s Journal #5

2. Character Development activities

     - Asking hard questions

     - Hypothetical situations

     - Self-description

     - Major Milestones for Character

3. What is a Character Arc?

4. Creating a Character Outline

5. QUIZ – Character Development

6 Lesson Six - Seven Topics for Fiction Writers 17:03

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Lesson Six - Seven Topics for Fiction Writers

 

 

 

LESSON SIX - Fiction

1. Writers Journal #6

2. Literary Terms Lesson – Seven More Terms

     - Climax

     - Conflict

     - Flashback

     - Foreshadowing

     - Moral

     - Style

     - Genre

     - Satire

3. Seven More Literary Terms for Fiction Writers Review Worksheet

4. QUIZ – Seven More Literary Terms for Fiction Writers

 

7 Lesson Seven - Creating Description and Outlines 15:50

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Writing Journal Prompt #7, How to write good Description, Creating Your Short Story Outline

 

 

LESSON SEVEN - Fiction

1. Writers Journal #7

2. Creating Good Descriptive Writing

     - Establishing Mood

     - Providing Sensory Details

     - Vivid vs. Vague Language

     - Sentence Variety

     - What to Avoid

4. Creating Your Story Outline

5. QUIZ – Description and Endings

8 Lesson Eight - Writing the Story & Eight MORE Terms 22:39

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Writing Journal Prompt #8, Eight MORE Literary Terms that Fiction Writers Need to Know, Review Worksheet, Starting your Short Story

 

 

LESSON EIGHT - Fiction

1. Writers Journal #8

2. Literary Terms Lesson – Eight MORE Terms

     - Allegory

     - Allusion

     - Symbol

     - Motif

     - Analogy

     - Paradox

     - Connotation/Denotation

     - Irony

         * Situational Irony

         * Dramatic Irony

         * Verbal Irony

3. Eight MORE Literary Terms for Fiction Writers Review Worksheet

4. Starting YOUR Short Story

5. QUIZ – Eight MORE Literary Terms for Fiction Writers

9 Lesson Nine - Crafting Your Ending 12:31

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Writing Journal Prompt #9, The Five Types of Endings, Continuing Your Story

 

 

LESSON NINE - Fiction

1. Writer's Journal #9

2. Creating a Satisfying Ending

     - What type of ending do you want?

     - Plot Peak Review

     - The Five Types of Endings

         * Barely There Ending

         * Real Life Ending

         * The Surprise Ending

         * The Classic Denouement

         * The Epilogue

3. Continuing YOUR Short Story

4. QUIZ - Types of Endings

10 Lesson Ten - Word Choice and Feedback 22:59

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Writing Journal Prompt #10, 19 Terms About Word Choice, Feedback, Completing Your Story

 

 

LESSON TEN - Fiction

 

1. Writer's Journal #10

2. 19 Terms About Word Choice

     - Diction

     - Syntax

     - Mood

     - Suspense

     - Dialect

     - Local Color

     - Pathos

     - Sarcasm

     - Abstract Language

     - Concrete Language

     - Literal Language

     - Figurative Language

     - Simile

     - Metaphor

     - Extended Metaphor

     - Personification

     - Hyperbole

     - Onomatopoeia

     - Oxymoron

3. Completing Your Short Story

4. Getting Feedback for Your Completed Short Story

5. QUIZ - 19 Terms About Word Choice

 

11 Lesson Eleven - Linear Narrative and POV 19:55

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Writing Journal Prompt #11, Linear and Non-Linear Storytelling, Using Multiple Points Of View, Modular Design Activity

 

 

LESSON ELEVEN - Fiction

1. Writer's Journal #11

2. Linear vs. Non-Linear Storytelling

3. Effectively Using Multiple Points Of View in Fiction

4. Your Modular Design Activity

5. QUIZ - Narrative and Point of View

12 Lesson Twelve - Reshaping Reality 12:23

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Writing Journal Prompt #12, Non-Linear Presentation, Can Fiction Shape Reality?, Continuing the Modular Story

 

 

LESSON TWELVE - Fiction

1. Writer's Journal #12

2. Constructing a Non-Linear Narrative from YOUR Life

3. Fiction CAN reshape Reality!

4. Continuing Your Modular Story

5. QUIZ - Non-Linear and Reality

 

 

13 Lesson Thirteen - Narrators and Advanced Techniques 17:52

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Writing Journal Prompt #13, Final 8 Terms for Fiction Writers, Completing the Modular Design Activity

 

 

 

LESSON THIRTEEN - Fiction

1. Writer's Journal #13

2. FINAL 8 Terms for Fiction Writers

     - Aesthetic Distance

     - Archetype

     - Narrator

     - Point of View

          * First Person

          * First Person Observer

          * Third Person Omniscient

          * Third Person Limited

          * Unreliable Narrator

     - Concrete Language

     - Stereotype

     - Pathetic Fallacy

     - Imagery

     - Ambiguity

3. Completing the Modular Design Project

4. QUIZ - FINAL 8 Terms for Fiction Writers

Poetry

14 Lesson Fourteen - Poetic Concepts 25:13

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Writing Journal Prompt #14, Overview of the Poetry Unit, Creating the Poetry Portfolio, Concepts of Poetry, Where I'm From Poem

 

 

LESSON FOURTEEN - Poetry

1. Writer's Journal #14

2. Overview of the Poetry Module

     - Creating Your Poetry Portfolio

3. What is Poetry

     - Evolution Over Time

4. The "Where I'm From" Poem

5. QUIZ - Concepts of Poetry

15 Lesson Fifteen - The Abstract Poem 15:07

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Writing Journal Prompt #15, Select Important Poetry Terms, The Abstract Noun Poem

 

 

 

LESSON FIFTEEN - Poetry

1. Writer's Journal #15

2. Select Important Poetry Terms

     - Assonance

     - Consonance

     - Alliteration

3. The Abstract Noun Poem

4. QUIZ - Lesson Fifteen Terms

 

16 Lesson Sixteen - Using Another’s Voice 17:53

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Writing Journal Prompt #16, Select Important Poetry Terms, Using Another's Voice Poem

 

 

LESSON SIXTEEN - Poetry

1. Writer's Journal #16

2. Select Important Poetry Terms

     - Foot

     - Stress

     - Meter

3. Writing in Another's Voice Poem

4. QUIZ - Lesson Sixteen Poetry Terms

 

 

17 Lesson Seventeen - Narrative Poetry 18:06

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Writing Journal Prompt #17, Select Important Poetry Terms, Narrative Poem

 

 

 

LESSON SEVENTEEN- Poetry

1. Writer's Journal #17

2. Select Important Poetry Terms

     - Onomatopoeia

     - Personification

     - Metaphor

     - Conceit

     - Paradox

3. Narrative Poem

4. QUIZ - Lesson Seventeen Poetry Terms

 

 

18 Lesson Eighteen - Satirical Poetry 15:05

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Writing Journal Prompt #18, Select Important Poetry Terms, Satire Poem

 

 

 

LESSON EIGHTEEN- Poetry

1. Writer's Journal #18

2. Select Important Poetry Terms

     - Euphony

     - Cacophony

     - Satire

3. Satire Poem

4. QUIZ - Lesson Eighteen Poetry Terms

 

 

19 Lesson Nineteen - Writing the Ode 17:37

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Writing Journal Prompt #19, Select Important Poetry Terms, Writing an Ode

 

 

 

LESSON NINETEEN- Poetry

1. Writer's Journal #19

2. Select Important Poetry Terms

     - Couplet

     - Elegy

     - Haiku

3. Writing an Ode

4. QUIZ - Lesson Nineteen Poetry Terms

 

 

20 Lesson Twenty - Japanese Poetry 16:37

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Writing Journal Prompt #20, Traditional Poetic Forms of Japan, Writing the Haiku and Tanka

 

 

LESSON TWENTY - Poetry

1. Writer's Journal #20

2. The Traditional Poetic Forms of Japan

     - Haiku

     - Tanka

3. Writing Your Haiku and Tanka

4. QUIZ - Japanese Poetry

 

21 Lesson Twenty One - Sonnets 17:07

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Writing Journal #21, Identifying and Notating Rhyme Scheme, Writing the English/Shakespearian Sonnet

 

 

 

LESSON TWENTY ONE - Poetry

1. Writer's Journal #21

2. Identifying and Notating Rhyme Scheme

3. How to Write a Shakespearian Style Sonnet

     - Rhyme Scheme

     - Line Structure

     - Iambic Pentameter

     - Subject Matter

4. Practice Activity

5. QUIZ - Sonnets

22 Lesson Twenty Two - Writing Your Sonnet 13:40

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Writing Journal Prompt #22, Review of English Sonnets, A Modern Adaptation, Writing Your Sonnet

 

 

 

LESSON TWENTY TWO - Poetry

1.Writer's Journal #22

2. Review of Sonnet Rules and Form

3. A Modern Adaptation of the Sonnet

     - "I'm a Believer" (Yes, it's THAT "I'm a Believer")

4. Writing Your Own Sonnets

 

23 Lesson Twenty Three - Your Poetry Portfolio 16:01

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Writing Journal Prompt #23, Review of the Poetry Portfolio, Creating Your Portfolio

 

 

LESSON TWENTY THREE - Poetry

1. Writer's Journal #23

2. Review of the Poetry Portfolio

3. Creating Your Own Portfolio

 

24 Lesson Twenty Four - Poetry for Podcasts 16:15

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Writing Journal Prompt #24, Spoken Word Poetry, 11 Poetry Podcasts, Working with Audacity, Resources for Your Rhymes, Record Your Poetry!

 

 

LESSON TWENTY FOUR - Poetry

1. Writer's Journal #24

2. Publishing Poetry by Speaking

3. 11 Poetry Podcasts

     - Compiled by Book Riot

4. The Best Place to Start Recording

     - Audacity

5. Resources for Your Rhymes

     - From an Online Rhyming Dictionary to Places to Submit Your Work

6. Record Your Poems!

Drama

25 Lesson Twenty Five - Thinking Visually 15:38

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Writing Journal Prompt #25, Thinking Visually and in Dialogue, Creating a Visual Story, Writing Your Comic

 

 

 

 

LESSON TWENTY FIVE - Drama

1. Writer's Journal #25

2. Thinknig About Story Visually and in Dialogue

3. Practice Telling a Visual Story

4. Creating Your Anecdotal Comic

5. QUIZ - Comic Storytelling

 

26 Lesson Twenty Six - Developing Dialogue 20:03

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Writing Journal Prompt #26, How to Write Dynamite Dialogue, Playwriting Exercise #1 - It's All About Conflict

 

 

LESSON TWENTY SIX - Drama

1. Writer's Journal #26

2. How to Write Dynamite Dialogue

     - Knowing and Listening to Your Characters

     - Ways to Get Inside Your Character's Head

     - Reading Your Dialogue Out Loud

     - Using Punctuation

     - The "Pause"

     - People Don't Usually Say What They Feel!

3. Playwriting Exercise #1

     - Six Lines of Dialogue Showing CONFLICT

4. QUIZ - Dialogue

 

27 Lesson Twenty Seven - Writing the Monologue 18:22

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Writing Journal Prompt #27, Some Very Important Playwriting Terms, Writing Your Monologue

 

LESSON TWENTY SEVEN - Drama

1. Writer's Journal #27

2. Important Playwriting Terms

     - Character

     - Goal/Objective

     - Obstacle

     - Conflict

     - Dialogue

     - Monologue

     - Scene

     - Stage Directions

     - Setting

     - Biography

     - Dramatic Action

     - Beat

3. Writing Your Monologue

4. QUIZ - Playwriting Terms

28 Lesson Twenty Eight - Format and Variety 24:18

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Writing Journal Prompt #28, Correct Script Format, A Formatting Example, Adding Variety to Your Dialogue

 

 

LESSON TWENTY EIGHT - Drama

1. Writer's Journal #28

2. How to Correctly Format Your Script

     - Why It Matters

     - An Example of Correct Formatting

3. Adding Variety to Your Dialogue

     - Hint: Punctuation is a GREAT Tool

4. QUIZ - Script Format

29 Lesson Twenty Nine - Get Rid of Your Movie Brain 20:43

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Writing Journal Prompt #29, Exposition is HARD, Get Rid of Your Movie Brain, Writing Three Moments

 

 

LESSON TWENTY NINE - Drama

1. Writer's Journal #29

2. Good Exposition is Important!

     - Playwriting Exercise #4

3. Get Rid of Your Movie Brain

     - Stagability is Your Number One Goal

4. Writing Visual Moments

     - Playwriting Exercise #5

5. QUIZ - Stagability

30 Lesson Thirty - Fixing Common Problems 22:34

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Writing Journal Prompt #30, Write What You Know?, Common Problems - Dialogue, Common Problems - Character

 

 

LESSON THIRTY - Drama

1. Writer's Journal #30

2. Should You "Write What You Know?"

3. Common Problems in First Plays - Dialogue

4. Common Problems in First Plays - Characters

5. QUIZ - Common Problems #1

31 Lesson Thirty One - The One Minute Play 16:22

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Writing Journal Prompt #31, Common Problems - Conflict, Common Problems - Plot, Writing the One Minute Play

 

 

LESSON THIRTY ONE - Drama

1. Writer's Journal #31

2. Common Problems in First Plays - Conflict

3. Common Problems in First Plays - Plot

4.Writing Your One Minute Play

5. QUIZ - Common Problems #1

32 Lesson Thirty Two - Building a Character 15:18

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Writing Journal Prompt #32, Activity vs. Action, Creating Your 10 Minute Play, Building a Character, Can You Keep a Secret?, Creating a Conflict Scheme

 

 

 

LESSON THIRTY TWO - Drama

1. Writer's Journal #32

2. Congrats on Finishing Your 1 Minute Play - Now Let's Go For 10!

3. Activity vs. Action - How to Tell Them Apart

4. Building a Character

     - The Importance of Secrets

5. Creating a Conflict Scheme

6. QUIZ - Prewriting Strategies

 

33 Lesson Thirty Three - The 10 Minute Play 17:11

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Writing Journal Prompt #33, Extra Resources, 10 Minute Play Structure, 12 Rules for Writing 10 Minute Plays, A Playwriting Questionnaire

 

LESSON THIRTY THREE - Drama

1. Writer's Journal #33

2. Extra Resources to Help You Write

     - Smith and Kraus Best 10 Minute Play Collections

     - A More Perfect Ten by Gary Garrison

3. 10 Minute Play Structure

4. 12 Rules for Writing 10 Minute Plays

5. A Playwriting Questionnaire

6. QUIZ - 10 Minute Plays

34 Lesson Thirty Four - Questions for the Playwright 13:02

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Writing Journal Prompt #34, Completing Your 10 Minute Play, Questions for the Playwright

 

 

LESSON THIRTY FOUR - Drama

1. Writer's Journal #34

2. Completing Your 10 Minute Play

3. Questions for the Playwright to ask AFTER the Draft is Completed

35 Lesson Thirty Five - Revision 17:05

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Writing Journal Prompt #35, A Playwright's Checklist, Submit Your Writing!

 

 

 

LESSON THIRTY FIVE - Drama

1. Writer's Journal #35

2. A Playwright's Checklist - 15 Practical Things to Look for in Your Script

3. Submit Your Writing!

Creative Non-Fiction

36 Lesson Thirty Six - What is Creative Non-Fiction? 15:23

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Writing Journal Prompt #36, What is Creative Non-Fiction?, A Picture of Your Existence

 

LESSON THIRTY SIX - Creative Non-Fiction

1. Writing Journal Prompt #36

2. What is Creative Non-Fiction?

     - The Elusive "4th Genre"

3. A Picture of Your Existence

4. QUIZ - What is Creative Non-Fiction?

37 Lesson Thirty Seven - Writing the Vignette 14:19

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Writing Journal Prompt #37, What Makes a Good Storyteller?, Writing the Vignette

 

 

LESSON THIRTY SEVEN - Creative Non-Fiction

1. Writer's Journal #37

2. What Makes a Good Storyteller?

3. Writing the Vignette

4. QUIZ - Storytelling

38 Lesson Thirty Eight - Using Sensory Language 13:40

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Writing Journal Prompt #38, Using Descriptive Language in Creative Non-Fiction, Writing Vignette #2

 

 

LESSON THIRTY EIGHT - Creative Non-Fiction

1. Writer's Journal #38

2. Using Descriptive Language in Creative Non-Fiction

3. Writing Vignette #2

4. QUIZ - Sensory Language in CNF

39 Lesson Thirty Nine - Writing in Scenes 11:46

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Writing Journal Prompt #39, Do Not Add & Do Not Deceive, Writing in Scenes, Writing Vignette #3

 

 

LESSON THIRTY NINE - Creative Non-Fiction

1. Writer's Prompt #39

2. CNF Motto - Do Not Add & Do Not Deceive

3. Writing in Scenes = The Key to Success

4. Writing Vignette #3

5. QUIZ - CNF Guideposts

40 Lesson Forty - Using a Plot Diagram 14:19

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Writing Journal Prompt #40, Using a Plot Diagram to Visualize Your Story, Revising the Vignette

 

 

 

LESSON FORTY - Creative Non-Fiction

1. Writing Journal Prompt #40

2. Using a Plot Diagram to Visualize Your Story

3. Revising the Vignette

4. QUIZ - Plot Diagramming

41 Lesson Forty One - Making Personal Topics Universal 16:38

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Writing Journal Prompt #41, Making Personal Topics Universal, Writing Your Personal Memoir

 

 

LESSON FORTY ONE - Creative Non-Fiction

1. Writer's Journal #41

2. Making Personal Topics Universal

3. Writing Your Personal Memoir

4. QUIZ - The Universal Memoir

42 Lesson Forty Two - Personal Storytelling 11:23

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Writing Journal Prompt #42, Writing the Six Word Memoir, Finishing and Revising Your Personal Memoir

 

 

LESSON FORTY TWO - Creative Non-Fiction

1. Writer's Journal #42

2. Writing the Six Word Memoir

3. Finishing and Revising Your Personal Memoir

4. QUIZ - the Six Word Memoir

43 Lesson Forty Three - Creating a Digital Portfolio 18:48

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Writing Journal Prompt #43, Creating Your Digital Portfolio

 

 

LESSON FORTY THREE - Creative Non-Fiction

1. Writing Journal Prompt #43

2. Creating Your Digital Portfolio

     - Creating Your Objective

     - Content to Include

     - Where/How to Create it

3. FINAL EXAM - Create You Own Digital Writing Portfolio

Course Overview:

This is a fun and practical creative writing course designed to get students excited about creating their own works of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction - the four genres of creative writing.

Writing techniques, literary devices, and specialized skills will be covered to help students discover, perfect, and share their own writer's voice.

While review quizzes over major concepts are provided along the way, the true measure of progress will be in the authentic writing assignments that students will complete as they progress toward their goal of becoming successful and confident writers.

 

The Course Includes:

1) 43 Video Lessons

   - Each lesson is broken down into:

       ~ A quick writing assignment aligned with the day's goals

       ~ A lesson covering an area of course content

       ~ A practical application project

2) 37 online review quizzes over major concepts

   - Quizzes are designed to reinforce major concepts discussed in the class

3) 37 keys to the review quizzes as a parent resource

4) Graphics, notes, assignment sheets, or outside resources are provided for every lesson

5) Over 12 hours of video lessons

 

Course Goals:

Through taking this course, students will develop and perfect their personal writer's voice as they:

   - become familiar with the four genres of creative writing

   - apply writing techniques for success

   - examine a multitude of writing concepts to relate to their own writing

   - evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of writing projects

   - create scaffolded examples of a myriad of writing styles

Additionally, students will discover public outlets with which to share their writing with others as they experience success and develop confidence in their writing ability.

 

Target Audience:

This course is designed to give secondary level students with an interest in creative writing the tools they need to become successful writers.

 

Course Requirements:

Students will be required to

   - Watch the video lessons in their entirety

   - Write every day

   - Pass all review quizzes

   - Complete all assigned writing projects

HOWEVER, the true measure of success in this course is through the array of authentic writing assignments that the student will complete during the class.

 

Course Topics:

Introduction to the Course         

     - A general overview of what we will cover throughout the class.  

Lesson One - Getting Started with Fiction           

     - The Importance of Daily Writing, Writing Journal Prompt #1, Basic Elements of Fiction, 55 Word Short Story         

Lesson Two - Types of Plots       

     - Writing Journal Prompt #2, The Six Types of Plots, 55 Word Story #2        

Lesson Three - Six More Elements of Fiction        

     - Writing Journal Prompt #3, Six More Elements of Fiction, 55 Word Story #3

Lesson Four - It's All About Character     

     - Writing Journal Prompt #4, Character Literary Terms, Review Worksheet               

Lesson Five - Developing Your Character

     - Writing Journal Prompt #5, Ways to Develop Character, Creating a Character Outline

Lesson Six - Seven Topics for Fiction Writers        

     - Writing Journal Prompt #6, Seven New Topics for Fiction Writers, Review Worksheet      

Lesson Seven - Creating Description and Outlines             

     - Writing Journal Prompt #7, How to write good Description, Creating Your Short Story Outline      

Lesson Eight - Writing the Story & Eight MORE Terms      

     - Writing Journal Prompt #8, Eight MORE Literary Terms for Fiction Writers, Starting your Short Story              

Lesson Nine - Crafting Your Ending          

     - Writing Journal Prompt #9, The Five Types of Endings, Continuing Your Story       

Lesson Ten - Word Choice and Feedback              

     - Writing Journal Prompt #10, 19 Terms About Word Choice, Feedback, Completing Your Story

Lesson Eleven - Linear Narrative and POV             

     - Writing Journal Prompt #11, Linear and Non-Linear Storytelling, Using Multiple Points Of View, Modular Design Activity

Lesson Twelve - Reshaping Reality           

     - Writing Journal Prompt #12, Non-Linear Presentation, Can Fiction Shape Reality?, Continuing the Modular Story 

Lesson Thirteen - Narrators and Advanced Techniques   

     - Writing Journal Prompt #13, Final 8 Terms for Fiction Writers, Completing the Modular Design Activity    

Lesson Fourteen - Poetic Concepts          

     - Writing Journal Prompt #14, Overview of Poetry, Creating the Poetry Portfolio, Concepts of Poetry, Where I'm From Poem       

Lesson Fifteen - The Abstract Poem        

     - Writing Journal Prompt #15, Select Important Poetry Terms, The Abstract Noun Poem    

Lesson Sixteen - Using Another’s Voice  

     - Writing Journal Prompt #16, Select Important Poetry Terms, Using Another's Voice Poem

Lesson Seventeen - Narrative Poetry      

     - Writing Journal Prompt #17, Select Important Poetry Terms, Narrative Poem

Lesson Eighteen - Satirical Poetry             

     - Writing Journal Prompt #18, Select Important Poetry Terms, Satire Poem

Lesson Nineteen - Writing the Ode          

     - Writing Journal Prompt #19, Select Important Poetry Terms, Writing an Ode

Lesson Twenty - Japanese Poetry             

     - Writing Journal Prompt #20, Traditional Poetic Forms of Japan, Writing the Haiku and Tanka

Lesson Twenty One - Sonnets    

     - Writing Journal Prompt #21, Identifying and Notating Rhyme Scheme, Writing the English/Shakespearian Sonnet

Lesson Twenty Two - Writing Your Sonnet           

     - Writing Journal Prompt #22, Review of English Sonnets, A Modern Adaptation, Writing Your Sonnet         

Lesson Twenty Three - Your Poetry Portfolio       

     - Writing Journal Prompt #23, Review of the Poetry Portfolio, Creating Your Portfolio

Lesson Twenty Four - Poetry for Podcasts             

     - Writing Journal Prompt #24, Spoken Word Poetry, 11 Poetry Podcasts, Working with Audacity, Resources for Your Rhymes, Record Your Poetry!

Lesson Twenty Five - Thinking Visually   

     - Writing Journal Prompt #25, Thinking Visually and in Dialogue, Creating a Visual Story, Writing Your Comic

Lesson Twenty Six - Developing Dialogue              

     - Writing Journal Prompt #26, How to Write Dynamite Dialogue, Playwriting Exercise #1 - It's All About Conflict

Lesson Twenty Seven - Writing the Monologue 

     - Writing Journal Prompt #27, Some Very Important Playwriting Terms, Writing Your Monologue  

Lesson Twenty Eight - Format and Variety        

     - Writing Journal Prompt #28, Correct Script Format, A Formatting Example, Adding Variety to Your Dialogue          

Lesson Twenty Nine - Get Rid of Your Movie Brain            

     - Writing Journal Prompt #29, Exposition is HARD, Get Rid of Your Movie Brain, Writing Three Moments

Lesson Thirty - Fixing Common Problems              

     - Writing Journal Prompt #30, Write What You Know?, Common Problems - Dialogue, Common Problems - Character

Lesson Thirty One - The One Minute Play              

     - Writing Journal Prompt #31, Common Problems - Conflict, Common Problems - Plot, Writing the One Minute Play

Lesson Thirty Two - Building a Character

     - Writing Journal Prompt #32, Activity vs. Action, Creating Your 10 Minute Play, Building a Character, Can You Keep a Secret?, Creating a Conflict Scheme        

Lesson Thirty Three - The 10 Minute Play              

     - Writing Journal Prompt #33, Extra Resources, 10 Minute Play Structure, 12 Rules for Writing 10 Minute Plays, A Playwriting Questionnaire           

Lesson Thirty Four - Questions for the Playwright              

     - Writing Journal Prompt #34, Completing Your 10 Minute Play, Questions for the Playwright          

Lesson Thirty Five - Revision       

     - Writing Journal Prompt #35, A Playwright's Checklist, Submit Your Writing!           

Lesson Thirty Six - What is Creative Non-Fiction?

     - Writing Journal Prompt #36, What is Creative Non-Fiction?, A Picture of Your Existence  

Lesson Thirty Seven - Writing the Vignette           

     - Writing Journal Prompt #37, What Makes a Good Storyteller?, Writing the Vignette         

Lesson Thirty Eight - Using Sensory Language     

     - Writing Journal Prompt #38, Using Descriptive Language in Creative Non-Fiction, Writing Vignette #2

Lesson Thirty Nine - Writing in Scenes   

     - Writing Journal Prompt #39, Do Not Add & Do Not Deceive, Writing in Scenes, Writing Vignette #3

Lesson Forty - Using a Plot Diagram         

     - Writing Journal Prompt #40, Using a Plot Diagram to Visualize Your Story, Revising the Vignette

Lesson Forty One - Making Personal Topics Universal      

     - Writing Journal Prompt #41, Making Personal Topics Universal, Writing Your Personal Memoir    

Lesson Forty Two - Personal Storytelling

     - Writing Journal Prompt #42, Writing the Six Word Memoir, Finishing and Revising Your Personal Memoir

Lesson Forty Three - Creating a Digital Portfolio 

     - Writing Journal Prompt #43, Creating Your Digital Portfolio

  • Teacher: John
  • Areas of expertise:
    ~ Playwriting/Screenwriting
    ~ Creative Writing
    ~ Non-Fiction Writing
    ~ Theatre Production
    ~ English

  • Education:
    ~ Two BFA degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University
    ~~ Certified to teach English, speech, and theatre
    ~ M.Ed - Learning and Technology - Western Governors University

  • Interests:
    ~ Writing
    ~ Theatre
    ~ Film
    ~ Guitar and Banjo

  • Skills:
    ~ Several of my works are published (plays and non-fiction)
    ~ There have been well over 100 productions of my stage plays on six continents (Antarctica remains elusive) as well as multiple film adaptations.
    ~ My book Absolutely Everything* You Need to Know About Teaching and Performing Improv is available on Amazon

  • Associations:
    I am a member of:
    ~ The Dramatists Guild
    ~ The Educational Theatre Association
    ~ Theatre Communications Group

  • Issues I care about:
    Fine Arts Education - the number one skill employers say new applicants lack is CREATIVITY!

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