This single-semester course develops the tools students need to help express themselves in writing with greater clarity and effectiveness. The first half of the course focuses on creative writing as students study literary techniques by reading stories by a variety of authors and then creating their own short story. Character, point of view, story structure, conflict, settings, world-building, plot, and pacing are all explored and put into practice. In the second half of the course, students turn to nonfiction writing, applying the techniques of creative writing to craft nonfiction works that are vibrant, expressive, and purposeful. Students learn to align the topic, audience, and purpose of their writing, design and carry out a research plan, interview a source, provide a balanced treatment of a topic, and engage their audience.
For independent use only
Course Length: One Semester
Grade Level: 9, 10Sample CurriculumPurchase