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Creative Writing

Period 5; Mon-Fri

INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS: Through the Google Classroom platform, students will learn the craft and structure of creative writing. Students will integrate their knowledge and ideas into their own writing. They will collaborate on their stories and help each other to produce the best work they can. There will be a variety of types of texts and different purposes. Students will learn to craft their work for the specific goal at hand. The entire class will take place on computers. Grammar and style will play a large integrated part in this class as well.

At the end of this course, you will [Insert bulleted instructional goals below.]

  • know… the basics of the elements of fiction
  • be able to… write a short story with well developed characters, a solid plot, and vivid details. 
  • understand… the role of the author in creating a story that others can read and experience in the way it was intended.

NEEDS AND RESOURCES

Required Materials

To successfully complete this course, you will:

  • Need to be registered in Google Classroom with our G-Suite platform.
  • Complete daily writing prompts
  • Read 5 - 8 short stories
  • Create your own short story (6-7 pages) which will be published in the class anthology
  • Create artwork to illustrate your thoughts
  • Participate in casual theatrical performances
  • Share your work with the class
  • Collaborate with classmates on their work to improve everyone’s craft

COURSE SCHEDULE

Each class will begin by students logging into their g-suite accounts and completing the daily writing prompts. 

There will then be a short lesson on the topics we are covering in the current unit. 

Students will work on their own or as a group depending on the unit. 

  • Unit 1: Character Development
  • Unit 2: Showing vs Telling
  • Unit 3: Plot Structure 
    • Conflict
    • What the character wants above all else
  • Unit 4: View Point and Narration
  • Unit 5: Specific Details
  • Unit 6: Literary Devices and figurative language
  • Unit 7: Dialogue

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

General Rules:

The class will be expected to maintain appropriate behavior with regard to respecting themselves, their peers, their superiors as well as their classroom. Failure to be respectful will result in a discipline referral and/or detention. 

Smart Phone use is not allowed in class UNLESS the teacher specifically asks students to use it for class purposes. 

Laptops must be signed out on the chart on the cart. 

Grading Policies:

  • Daily participation 10%
  • Formative exercises and activities 40%
  • Summative assignments 30%
  • Midterm/Finals 20%
  • Extra Credit points will be given each day for handing in smart phones to the charging station. 

 CONTACT INFORMATION

Marianne St-Laurent

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