Advanced Creative Writing: Grades 10-12 : Semester Course
Face to Face Online Course in real time, taught by a state certified Teacher of English.
IOE is Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredited.
- Free online orientation introduces tools of 21st Century online platform to all enrolled students before course begins
- Via online platform, teacher participates in Back to School Night to provide course overview to parents
- Course is integrated into district's bell schedule
- Every lesson is recorded and provided to students as a study artifact
- Online gradebook allows students and parents to track academic progress
- 24 hour tech support included
- Course is accessible anywhere with Internet connectivity: school computer labs, student home, and libraries
This one semester elective course offers students models of creative expression: selections of poetry, several short stories, and one play. Students begin with close readings of literature to study point view, voice, diction and imagery to better understand how device renders meaning in literary works. Literary terms are studied toward mastery so that students have a precise vocabulary for literary criticism to be applied to the workshop – in critiquing original work. Their review of the work of their peers is then shared in language that is precise and not subjective.
Students are in every sense of the word, a creator, in this course. The most important text of the course is the body of work students create – that they author as poet, short story writer, and as playwright. Some creative works will be based on instructor directed assignments and others will be dictated by students’ own creative process. Mimesis is used to learn from master writers even as students work toward discovery of their own authentic voice.
Students are required to complete a final portfolio of text each month. The first will be a collection of poems, the second – a work of short fiction, the third – a one-act play. The course will be divided into these three areas of concentration.