Creative Writing I

Creative Writing is an in-depth writing course that gives students the opportunity to further develop their talent in the areas of personal essay, fiction, poetry, and drama. In a collaborative workshop structure, students will explore numerous types of genres as they work through the writing process and will be expected to identify their strengths and weaknesses as a writer. Students will analyze texts of published authors and use their speaking and listening skills to share their writing.

Credits: 0.5 (per semester)
Estimated Completion Time: 1 semester/9-18 weeks
 Credit Acquisition
 NCAA Approved

Course Scorecard

Overall Satisfaction

* Scores are based on 105 student ratings out of 5.

“I love the material in this class and it helped me learn how to improve my writing. Anyone who wants to improve writing creatively would get at least SOMETHING out of this class.”Student Survey Response

Tool Box

RL 1.D, RL.1.B, RI.1.B, RL.2.C, RI.2.C, RL.2.B, RI.2.A, RL.2.A, RI.2.D, W.1.A.A, W.1.A.B, W.2.A, SL.1.A, SL.2.C, SL.2.A

Family Memoir

RL.2.D, RL.1.B, RI.1.B, RL.2.C, RL.A, RI.2.A, RL.3.A, RI.3.A, RL.1.B , RI.1.B, RL.2.C, RL.2.A, RI.A, SL.A, SL.2.C, W.2.A, W.3.A

Fiction Writing – Short Stories

RL.1.A, RI.1A, RL.1.B , RI.1.B, RL.2.C, RI.2.C, RL.1.D, RL.2.D, W.2.A, W.3.A, W.3.A.E, W.1A.B, W.2.A, SL.1.A, SL.1.B, SL.2.A

Poetry Slam! The Power of the Spoken Word

RL.1.B, RL.2.C, RL.3.A, RI.3.A, RI.2.C, RL.1.B, RI.1.B, W.2.A , W.3.A, W.3.A.E, W.3.A, W.2.A, SL.1.A, 11-12SL.1.C, SL.1.B, SL.2.C, SL.2.A

Drama – The Ten Minute Play

RL.2.B, RL.3.A, RI.3.A, RL.3.D, RL.1.A, RI.1.A, RI.2C, RL.1.B, RI.1.B, W.2.A, SL.1.B, SL.2.A, SL.2.B

Choose Your Own Adventure

RL.1.A, RI.1.A, RL.1.C, RI.1.C, RL2.B, RL.2.D, RI.3.B, RL.3.C, RI.3.C, RL.3.D, W.3.A.A, w.3.A.C, SL.1.C

Children’s Book

RL.1.A, RI.1.A, RL.1.C, RI.1.C, RL2.B, RL.2.D, RI.D, RI.2.B, RI.3.B, RL.3.C, RI.3.C, RL.3.D, W.3.A.A, w.3.A.C, SL.1.C

Creative Writing Portfolio

RL.1.A, RI.1.A, RL.1.C, RI.1.C, RL2.B, RL.2.D, RL.3.B, RI.3.D, W.3.A.C, 11-12W.3.A.D, SL.1.C

1- Reading Literature & Informational Text

A. Key Ideas and Details

  1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. (1.A.1)
  2. Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text. (1.A.2)
  3. Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed) (1.A.3)

B. Craft and Structure

  1. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.) (1.B.1)
  2. Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact. (1.B.2)
  3. Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement). (1.B.3)
  4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text. (1.B.4)
  5. Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging. (1.B.5)
  6. Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text. (1.B.6)

C. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  1. Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.) (1.C.1)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics. (1.C.2)

2- Writing

A. Text Types and Purposes

  1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.  (2.A.1)
    1. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.  (2.A.1.a)
    2. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases. (2.A.1.b)
    3. Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims. (2.A.1.c)
    4. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing. (2.A.1.d)
  2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. (2.A.2)
    1. Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. (2.A.2.a)
    2. Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.  (2.A.2.b)
    3. Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.  (2.A.2.c)
    4. Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.  (2.A.2.d)
    5. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.  (2.A.2.c)
    6. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic). (2.A.2.d)
  3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.  (2.A.3)
    1. Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation and its significance, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events. (2.A.3.a)
    2. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. (2.A.3.b)
    3. Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole and build toward a particular tone and outcome (e.g., a sense of mystery, suspense, growth, or resolution).  (2.A.3.c)
    4. Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters. (2.A.3.d)
    5. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative. (2.A.3.e)

B. Production and Distribution of Writing

  1. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (2.B.1)
  2. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (2.B.2)
  3. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information. (2.B.3)

C. Research to Build and Present Knowledge

  1. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. (2.C.1)
  2. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. (2.C.2)

D. Range of Writing

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes. (2.D)

3- Speaking and Listening

A. Comprehension and Collaboration

  1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.  (3.A.1)
    1. Come to discussion prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas. (3.A.1.a)
    2. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed. (3.A.1.b)
    3. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives. (3.A.1.c)
    4. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.(3.A.1.d)
  2. Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data. (3.A.1)
  3. Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used. (3.A.3)

B. Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

  1. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks. (3.B.1)
  2. Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest. (3.B.2)
  3. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (3.B.3)

4-  Language

A. Conventions of Standard English

  1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.  (4.A.1)
    1. Apply the understanding that usage is a matter of convention, can change over time, and is sometimes contested. (4.A.1.a)
    2. Resolve issues of complex or contested usage, consulting references (e.g., Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, Garner’s Modern American Usage) as needed.(.A.1.b)
  2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.  (4.A.2)
    1. Observe hyphenation conventions. (4.A.2.a)
    2. Spell correctly (4.A.2.b)

B. Knowledge of Language

  1. Vary syntax for effect, consulting references (e.g., Tufte’s Artful Sentences) for guidance as needed; apply an understanding of syntax to the study of complex texts when reading. (4.B.1)

C. Vocabulary and Acquisition and Use

  1. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. (4.C.1)
    1. Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. (4.C.1.a)
    2. Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).  (4.C.1.b)
  2. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. (4.C.2)
    1. Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text. (4.C.2.a)  
    2. Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations. (4.C.2.b)
  3. Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. (4.C.3)

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