Creative Writing I Syllabus

Grades 10 - 12

Overview

The focus of this course is to allow students to explore written creativity through various modes, including short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We will first examine basic elements of literature in order to ensure students have a common knowledge, and then we will read and discuss superb examples, taken from published work, before trying our hands at them. All this will be done using the workshop model of writing – an integral aspect to writing well and receiving constructive criticism. Also, an emphasis will be placed upon editing and revising their work – and assisting others, of course because, as Raymond Carver, a modern master of the short story, once said, “I don’t write. I rewrite.” Students will be given regular practice in class—writing frequently—and will turn-in a portfolio of their best work at the end of each quarter – which will be worth the entire portion of their test grades for the semester.


Objectives

  • To expose students to a variety of creative forms including poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction
  • To develop an appreciation for each mode of creative writing
  • To create a diverse body of creative work


Materials

  • iPad (a portable charger is useful)
  • USB storage drive
  • Texts
  • Pen and paper – just in case
  • Highlighters
  • Gmail account and Google Drive
  • Internet accessibility
  • Open-minds


"Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up." - Jane Yolen

Content

The content will shift to fit the needs of the students, but all of these will be covered throughout each semester.

  • Poetry/Music
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Short stories
  • Screenplays - Television and Film

"If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor." - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Assignments & Grading

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Percentages

Daily: 40%

Alternate: 60%


A is 90-100

B is 80-89

C is 70-79

D is 60-69

E is 0-59

Contact Information

As an alum of Bishop Moore (Class of '06) I am thrilled to be living my dream and teaching here. It is my personal mission to ensure all my students leave my classroom with the skills and knowledge to succeed in life; a love of writing wouldn't hurt, either!


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