INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS: Through the online 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
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
Each class will begin by students logging into Canvas 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: Plot structure and Narration
- 3D model of the plot of a well known movie or book
- Unit 2: Character Development
- Create a whole well rounded character
- Unit 3: Conflict
- Determine what this character wants above all else.
- Unit 4: Show vs Tell
- Using text only, describe in great detail an adventure or experience
- Unit 5: Dialogue
- Create a discourse using fictional persona
- Unit 6: Literary Devices and figurative language
- Practice using the most common figurative language and literary devices such as irony, foreshadowing, metaphors and similes.
- Unit 7: The Short Story - Midterm
- Using everything we learned so far, create a short story! All stories will be compiled to make a mini anthology.
- Unit 8: Introduction to Poetry
- Read poems. Discuss.
- Unit 9: An ode!
- Write an Ode to an inanimate object
- Unit 10: Rhyme Thyme!
- Write poetry that rhymes!
- Unit 11: Poetry Out Loud
- FINAL EXAM - Read your Poem Out Loud! (to me or the whole class…)
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
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.
- 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.
Marianne St-Laurent, English Teacher at Ledyard Charter School