• Course Description: 

    The Creative Writing course is designed for students who enjoy writing, in many different forms.  We will explore the elements of different genres (short fiction, poetry, drama, and film) and the power of both print and multimedia formats. Students will engage in writing workshops, literary element development lessons, writing/author studies, and peer reviews/conferences to create original pieces of writing.  To show evidence of writing development throughout the course, students will be required to maintain Writer’s Notebooks that may be developed digitally or in print.  


    Course objectives: 

    Students will: 

    -Complete prewriting activities to encourage creative thinking and to inspire writing projects. 

    -Analyze and critique writers’ use of literary elements, word choice, style, and content. 

    -Use class writing exercises and the Writer’s Notebook to develop their ability to create characters, conflicts, settings, plots, themes, and points of view; to craft language to convey their ideas; to refine their own writing style. 

    -Write original writing pieces inspired by literary models and examples. 

    -Make connections among literature, students’ lives, and real world issues. 

    -Complete writing projects, such as short fiction, children’s book, poetry collection, digital prose poem, one-act play, film screenplay, and literary magazine. 



    Required Materials:

    three-ring binder 

    loose-leaf paper 

    composition notebook for “writers notebook” 

    pencils, pens, highlighters 



    Each assignment will be entered into a category – it will either be homework, classwork, or tests/projects/presentations.  Each category will make up an overall percentage of a student's grade.  

    Homework – 10% 

    Classwork – 40% 

    Tests/projects/presentations - 50% 


    Some of the assignments that will be collected for grading are; 

    Writing projects 

    Writer’s Notebooks 

    Prewriting activities 

    Reading journal 



    Course Outline (subject to change) 

    Unit 1: 

    Short fiction (mystery, utopian, and/or genre choice) 

    Children’s book 


    Unit 2: 

    Poetry collection 

    Digital prose-poem 



    Unit 3: 

    One-act play 

    Film screenplay 


    Unit 4: 


    Magazine development/ digital print 



    Academic Integrity: 

    Students must demonstrate academic integrity in this course by: 1) completing all assignments to the best of their ability, 2) completing assignments independently (unless otherwise noted), and 3) avoiding plagiarism in all its forms.   



    The penalty for plagiarism and cheating will be a zero for the assessment or assignment; furthermore, disciplinary actions will follow according to school policy. 

     Plagiarism is defined as taking credit for another’s ideas or words without attribution. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to the following: 

    1. directly copying passages from or paraphrasing another author’s work into one’s own work without attribution 
    1. claiming another author’s entire work is one’s own work 




  • Writer's Notebooks will be collected periodically and given a grade.  This is the rubric used for grading them.






    Notebook is organized chronologically. No pages are skipped over. All pages dated. 



    Notebook is organized chronologically. No pages are skipped over. Most pages are dated. 

    Nearly There 


    Notebook is organized chronologically. No pages are skipped over. Three or more pages are not dated. 



    Notebook is not organized chronologically. Pages are skipped over. No dates. 




    More than 12 writing entries have been completed and are 1 page in length. 


    The notebook has 10-12 writing entries and most are at least 1 page. 

    Nearly There 

    Less than 10 entries have been completed or the entries are not averaging 1 page in length. 


    Less than 8 writing assignments have been completed or the entries are consistently less than 1/2 page. 




    Notebook is worn from thorough use. Inside and outside are clean and undamaged. No torn, or ripped out pages. 


    Inside and outside of notebook are clean. Limited damage to pages, if any at all. Worn from thorough use, but not unclean. 

    Nearly There 

    Notebook is slightly messy. A few pages are torn, or ripped out. Cover is on the border between damaged and worn. Semi-clean. Needs to be taken care of better. 


    Notebook is messy, pages are ripped and torn out, cover is damaged (not just worn). Unclean. Clearly not taken care of. 

    Neatness (pride) 



    Very neat. Neat handwriting. 


    Mostly neat handwriting. Neat overall. 

    Nearly There 

    Medium amounts of messy handwriting. Mostly clean, but could be improved upon. 


    Messy handwriting. Very difficult to read. 

    Progress over time 



    Notebook has been used to the fullest extent possible. The notebook is an excellent repertoire of story ideas and writing material. Notebook is packed full of valuable work. 


    Lots of change over time in quality of generating ideas and writing. The notebook is a good source for story ideas and writing material. 

    Nearly There 

    Some change in quality of generating ideas and writing over time. More work could be produced in the notebook than has been. 


    No change in quality of generating ideas, or writing over time. Very limited work in the notebook. 

Behavior/attendance expectations

  • Students will be part of a writer's workshop group, they must be prepared to share their ideas and writing through peer conferences/edits and class activities. Without enthusiastic participation and attendance, the class writing community suffers. Students who miss class due to an excused absence may not be able to complete a class assignment since some class activities are spontaneous or can only be completed within the class setting; however, such an assignment will NOT detract from a student’s grade.  


    Absent/Late Work Policy: 

    Students have as many days as they are absent to complete missing work as long as their absence is excused. It is the responsibility of the student to pick up any missing work; I will not seek students out and tell them their missing work. 


    Classroom rules: 

    • Arrive on time
      • If you have three unexcused tardies we will call home to discuss why/ how to help get you to class on time
      • The 4th tardy, and each one after, results in a tardy referal, which is dealt with by the dean's office.
    • Raise your hand before speaking.
      • THINK
        • Is it True?
        • Is it Helpful
        • Is it Inspiring?
        • Is it Necessary?
        • Is it Kind?
    • Listen to others and participate in class discussions
    • Use the pencil sharpener during noninstructional time
    • Stay on task
    • Do your assignments
    • Bring materials and have them ready
    • Listen to directions


  • I will post our daily tasks/assignments/work here for students/family to view.


    Week 3 Sept 7 - 11 AND week 4 Sept 14-18


    Students are working on writing their own children's book - they can choose to write a fictional story, an ABC book, OR a counting book.


    Notes on this may be found here   children's stories introduction


    The children's story is due on Sept. 17th. 


    How the finished product will be graded is found in the rubric rubric for children's stories


    Week 2 Aug 31 - Sept 4

    Students continue working on their character profiles this week.


    Per 3 Your final copy of "My First Day" is due at the start of class on Wednesday.


    Per 3 worked on their character profile together Per 3 Character Profile


    Period 4 You have a prompt due on Thursday the 3rd.  Character Prompt



    Week 1 Aug. 24 - 28

    Review the syllabus



    Parts of Speech notes


    Parts of Speech practice activity



    When we start to create stories we first think of the character(s) we wish to have in our stories, often the plot evolves around the character(s), not the other way around.  For this activity you are going to complete your first character profile.  Attached you will find a list of questions you are to answer about your character. This activity is due at the start of our next class period. 

    Character Profile This is due on Tuesday Sept. 1


    PERIOD 4 were introduced to a writing prompt with their character on Friday.  The prompt is due on Thursday the 3rd. Character Prompt