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Creative Writing

Objectives:
Students will be able to complete the full writing process, including prewriting/graphic organizing, creating a rough draft, executing multiple edits, creating a final draft, and publishing their work. 

Resources:

• Syllabus (attached)
• Editing sheets (Fox)
• Young Authors Book edit sheets for each step (Fox and Bates)
• Skipping Stones, a magazine in which we sent out our publications
• The PTA Reflections Contest
• The Young Authors Contest

Activities:

  • Working on prewriting/graphic organizing
  • Understanding the formation of story plots
    • Creating/Mapping story plots of their own
    • Understanding the terms “resolution, conclusion, etc.”
  • Developing multiple story ideas/starters
  • Writing realistic dialogue
  • The editing process
    • Self Edits
    • Peer Edits
    • Adult Edits
  • The study of editing techniques
    • Editing Marks
    • Content vs. Convention editing
  • Mini-lessons on how to edit:
    • Addition of adjectives, descriptive words, prepositional phrases, adverbs, similes and metaphors, differentiation of sentence structure, etc.
    • Deletion of passive voice, “said’s”, unnecessary words, etc.
  • Teaching word processing
    • How to write dialogue
    • How to copy and paste a document
    • How to move margins in to format a book
  • Study of picture books
    • Formatting
    • Dialogue
    • Length
  • Producing a final book
    • Formatting a book
      • Illustrations
      • Margins
      • Blank pages
      • About the Author
      • Summary
      • Copyright
      • Dedication
  • The study of writing for different audiences
Chart of Lesson Plans
Monday Wednesday Friday
• Go over syllabus
• Discuss 3 main projects
• Free write on design of a school uniform
• Plot explanation/lesson
• Study of Children’s books
• Prewrite activity
• Write
• Teen Writing Sheet – how to start stories
• Go over ideas for stories
• Teach story starters
• Write on 2 ideas
• Discuss editing marks
• Introduce “Show Don’t Tell” idea
• Add in “show don’t tell”
• First paragraph (or more) of two (or more) stories due. 
• Peer edit and pick best story
• Discuss types of editing – copying vs. conventions
• Do editing sheet
• Edit first paragraph
• No school • Read inspirational story about teen writer of Eragon
• Write whole rough draft IN pen IN class
• Due at end of bell: Whole 1st draft or extensive 1st draft with multiple edits
• Return rough drafts to kids
• Discuss plot formation again
• Draw plots of their stories
• Fix glitches in plots
• Start to type if time
• Some students type
• Some students finalize rough drafts, fix plot problems, etc.
• All students should be typing
• Lesson on types of editing – peer, self, adult
• Type
• Some students self-edit
• Self-editing
• Conferences with teacher
• Typing
• Peer Editing
• Conferences with Teacher
• Self Editing
• Finding an adult editor/adult editing
• Teacher demonstration of post-iting book, book format, necessary components of book
• Students format books
• Work on borders
• Students work on borders
• Typed new drafts due for teacher read/edit
• Editing
• Creation of About the Author, Dedication, Copyright, Summary pages
• Students work on borders
• Return drafts to kids
• Go through check lists with kids
• Teacher conferences
• Editing
• Creation of About the Author, Dedication, Copyright, Summary pages
• Meet in computer lab to finalize drafts
• Plan out pages, spacing, and illustrations
• Teacher conferences
• Re read edits
• Finish borders
• Meet in computer lab to finalize drafts
• Teacher conferences
• Re read edits
• Finish borders
• Start illustrations
• Final “rough” drafts due
• Graded with real rubric (not checklist)
• Students work on illustrations
• No School • Editing story
• Editing of About the Author, Dedication, Copyright, Summary pages
• Illustrations
• Formatting for book
• Introduce “I wonder” PTA Reflections
• Start PTA Reflections
• Editing story
• Editing of About the Author, Dedication, Copyright, Summary pages
• Formatting for book
• Illustrations
• Edit PTA Reflections
• Editing story
• Editing of About the Author, Dedication, Copyright, Summary pages
• Formatting for book
• Illustrations
• Final PTA Reflections due
• Introduce final project for Skipping Stones
• Start final project
• Editing story
• Editing of About the Author, Dedication, Copyright, Summary pages
• Formatting for book
• Illustrations
• Discussion of final project/ conferences with teacher about final submission
• Finish putting books together! (which means: 
• Editing story
• Editing of About the Author, Dedication, Copyright, Summary pages
• Formatting for book
• Illustrations)
• Edit new piece for submission, piece due Wednesday
• Books due Friday
• FINISH MAKING BOOKS or FINALIZE SUBMISSION
• Final submission for Skipping Stones due
• Finish Young Author books!
• Young Author books due
• Reading of books/sharing
• Picking out a piece for Student Led Conferences (if time)