Educational Resource

Creative Writing

Brief Course Description

This course is designed for students who are seriously interested in creative writing. Poetry, description, short stories, children’s stories, plays, characterizations, familiar essays, satires, and parodies are possible areas of concentration. Students are presented with a step-by-step process. Students are expected to write 500 words per week (including a journal), to spend time revising and polishing their work, to do some outside reading in related areas of each genre. Students are expected to study, learn, and practice the structure and techniques that distinguish each form of creative writing. The course intends for students to gain personal satisfaction from their own creative writing.

Content Objectives

  • Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Literary Response and Analysis
  • Writing Strategies
  • Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
  • Written and Oral English Language Conventions
  • Listening and Speaking Strategies
  • Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)

Methods of Assessment
Assessment tools include the following but are not limited to:

1. Research projects and interviews
2. Writing/publications
3. Oral communication
4. Student demonstrations
5. Student grades
6. Written examinations
7. Parent facilitator and education specialist observation
8. Periodic review of work by independent study teacher (IST)

Materials

  • National Textbook Company Creative Writing : Forms and Techniques; © 1990
  • Longman The Creative Writing Guide: Literary Nonfiction, Fiction and Drama; © 1998
  • Harcourt Brace A Contemporary Reader for Creative Writing; © 1997