English IV: Creative Writing

 

Welcome to English IV Creative Writing!  This is a yearlong course for seniors who wish to engage in creative self-expression through writing.  We will explore classic and contemporary literary works with an appreciation for the work itself, and a focus on the writer's craft.  Such models will form the basis for lessons for our own writing with an emphasis on effective pre-writing techniques, writing for a variety of purposes and audiencs, and developing a personal style. Our units include journaling, memoir, poetry, short story, playwriting, writing for children, and the DCE.  

Use this website daily.  It will include our weekly agenda and homework, some important handouts, and additional readings that will be assigned from time to time.

 

THIS WEEK'S AGENDA & HOMEWORK 

HYBRID SCHEDULE:

  • Per. 1 meets Wed, 6/2
  • Per. 4 meets Thurs, 6/3

Wed/Thurs, 6/2-6/3

  1.  End-of-Year Course Survey Informal Socratic Seminar

HW:

  1. Happy Graduation!  Good luck next year!

 

PAST AGENDAS & HOMEWORK

Tues/Wed, 1/26-1/27

  1. Breakout Group sign-up
  2. Assign On Writing pp. 180-195 - quiz in 2 weeks
  3. Short Story Unit - introduction
  4. Assign "The Test" short story + review the short fiction observation assignment & expectations

HW:

  1. "The Test" reading & observations - due next class
  2. On Writing pp. 180-195 Quiz #7 - Tues/Wed, 2/9-2/10

Thurs/Fri, 1/28-1/29

  1. Review "The Test" & discuss observations
  2. Assign "Eleven" short story 
  3. Introduction to Writing Short Stories - handouts: "Short Story Writing Intro," "Developing Ideas for Short Fiction," "Developing Characters"
  4. Assign character paragraph

HW:

  1. "Eleven" reading & observations - due Mon, 2/1
  2. Character paragraph - due Tues/Wed, 2/2-2/3
  3. On Writing pp. 180-195 Quiz #7 - Tues/Wed, 2/9-2/10

Mon, 2/1

  1. Share "Eleven" observations - submit to GC
  2. Assign "Ruthless" short story + do a short fiction observation

HW:

  1. Character description paragraphs - due next class
  2. "Ruthless" reading & observations - due Thurs/Fri, 2/4-2/5
  3. On Writing pp. 180-195 Quiz #7 - Tues/Wed, 2/9-2/10

Tues/Wed, 2/2-2/3

  1. Share character paragraphs in groups
  2. Short Story Leads - review handout; assign 1/2 page lead for a short story 
  3. DCE Influence Essay - introduction to assignment & research

HW:

  1. "Ruthless" reading & observations - due next class
  2. Short Story Lead - 1/2 page - due next class
  3. On Writing pp. 180-195 Quiz #7 - Tues/Wed, 2/9-2/10
  4. DCE Research - ongoing

Thurs/Fri, 2/4-2/5

  1. Share "Ruthless observations - submit to GC
  2. Assign "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury & do observations
  3. Share 1/2 page short story leads in groups
  4. Review Setting & Description + Dialogue handouts
  5. DCE - researching sources

HW:

  1. "All Summer in a Day" reading & observations - due Mon, 2/8
  2. On Writing pp. 180-195 Quiz #7 - Tues/Wed, 2/9-2/10
  3. Short Story Rough Draft - due Thurs/Fri, 2/18-2/19
  4. DCE Research - ongoing

Mon, 2/8

  1. Share "All Summer in a Day" observations - submit to GC
  2. Assign "Death by Scrabble" short story + do a short fiction observation

HW:

  1. On Writing Quiz #7 (pp. 180-195) - next class
  2. "Death by Scrabble" reading & observations - due Tues/Wed, 2/16-2/17
  3. Short Story rough draft - due Thurs/Fri, 2/18-2/19
  4. DCE biographical research (6 sources) - due Thurs/Fri, 2/18-2/19

Tues/Wed, 2/9-2/10

  1. Biographical Criticism Practice w/Emily Dickenson - read through the materials; work in breakout groups; write paragraph on your own
  2. On Writing Quiz #7
  3. Assign On Writing reading pp. 195-220 - due in 2 weeks

HW:

  1. Emily Dickenson biographical criticism practice paragraph - due next class
  2. "Death by Scrabble" observations - due Tues/Wed, 2/16-2/17
  3. Short Story rough draft - due Thurs/Fri, 2/18-2/19
  4. DCE  biographical research (6 sources) - due Thurs/Fri, 2/18-2/19
  5. On Writing pp. 195-220 Quiz #8 - Tues/Wed, 2/23-2/24 

Thurs/Fri, 2/11-2/12

  1. Share Emily Dickenson biographical connections - share in breakout groups; share with class
  2. Watch Biographical Criticism video

HW:

  1. "Death by Scrabble" observations - due Tues/Wed, 2/16-2/17
  2. Short Story rough draft - due Thurs/Fri, 2/18-2/19
  3. DCE  biographical research (6 sources) - due Thurs/Fri, 2/18-2/19
  4. On Writing pp. 195-220 Quiz #8 - Tues/Wed, 2/23-2/24 

Tues/Wed, 2/16-2/17

  1. Share "Death By Scrabble" observations
  2. Introduce "Everything Stuck to Him" by Raymond Carver (remember him?)
  3. REN STAR Reading Test

HW:

  1. Short Story rough draft - due next class
  2. DCE  biographical research (6 sources) - due next class
  3. "Everything Stuck to Him" observations - due Mon, 2/22
  4. On Writing pp. 195-220 Quiz #8 - Tues/Wed, 2/23-2/24 

Thurs/Fri, 2/18-2/19

  1. Short Story Peer Editing Activity - share your story with your group; have one group member fill out a peer editing form for you
  2. DCE - Influence Essay Introduction Paragraph: review rubric; look at a student sample

HW:

  1. "Everything Stuck to Him" observations - due Mon, 2/22
  2. On Writing pp. 195-220 Quiz #8 - Tues/Wed, 2/23-2/24
  3. Short Story Final Draft - due Thurs/Fri, 2/25-2/26
  4. DCE Influence Essay Introduction Paragraph - due Mon, 3/1 

Mon, 2/22

  1. Share "Everything Stuck to Him" observations
  2. Take Mental Health Survey (Per. 4 only)

HW:

  1. On Writing pp. 195-220 Quiz #8 - next class
  2. Short Story Final Draft - due Thurs/Fri, 2/25-2/26
  3. DCE Influence Essay Introduction Paragraph - due Mon, 3/1 

Tues/Wed, 2/23-2/24

  1. Macbeth - introduction: Shakespeare & Macbeth background; Folger Library PDF & study guide Q's
  2. Macbeth -  Act I Warm-up; read Act I Scenes 1-3
  3. On Writing Quiz #8

HW:

  1. Short Story Final Draft - due next class
  2. DCE Influence Essay Introduction Paragraph - due Mon, 3/1
  3. Macbeth - begin working on Act I, Scene 1-3 Q's

Thurs/Fri, 2/25-2/26

  1. Short Story Final Draft DUE
  2. Macbeth - read Act I, Scenes 4-7

HW:

  1. DCE Influence Essay Introduction Paragraph - due Mon, 3/1 (next class)
  2. Macbeth - Act I Questions - due Tues/Wed, 3/2-3/3

Mon, 3/1

  1. DCE Intro Paragraph (rough draft) due
  2. DCE Body Paragraph #1 - review rubric & checklist; read a student sample
  3. DCE - handouts on analysis vs. summary & academic integrity/citing your work

HW:

  1. Macbeth Act I Questions - due next class
  2. DCE Influence Essay Body Paragraph #1 (rough draft) - due Thurs/Fri, 3/11-3/12

Tues/Wed, 3/2-3/3

  1. Macbeth - discuss Act I Questions 
  2. Macbeth -  Act II Warm-up; read Act II Scenes 1 & 2
  3. One-Act Play - intro to one-act play writing: 1) How to Write a One-Act Play 2) Playwriting Vocabulary 3) The Neutral Play Exercise 4) Choose to work alone, work with a partner, or work with a group on this assignment

HW:

  1. The Neutral Play Exercise - due next class
  2. Macbeth Act II Questions - due Mon, 3/8
  3. DCE Influence Essay Body Paragraph #1 (rough draft) - due Thurs/Fri, 3/11-3/12

Thurs/Fri, 3/4-3/5

  1. Macbeth - read Act II, Scenes 3 & 4
  2. One-Act Play - Lesson 23: Dramatic Dialogue Exercise & "The Chocolate Affair"

HW:

  1. Macbeth Act II Questions - due Mon, 3/8
  2. Lesson 23: Dramatic Dialogue Exercise - due Tues/Wed, 3/9-3/10
  3. DCE Influence Essay Body�Paragraph #1 (rough draft) - due Thurs/Fri, 3/11-3/12
  4. One-Act Play - due Thurs/Mon, 3/18-3/22

Mon, 3/8

  1. Macbeth - discuss Act II Questions

HW:

  1. Lesson 23: Dramatic Dialogue Exercise - due next class
  2. DCE Influence Essay Body Paragraph #1 (rough draft) - due Thurs/Fri, 3/11-3/12
  3. One-Act Play - due Thurs/Mon, 3/18-3/22

Tues/Wed, 3/9-3/10

  1. Macbeth - Act III Warm-up; read Act III Scenes 1-3
  2. One-Act Play - Lesson 23 DUE

HW:

  1. DCE Influence Essay Body Paragraph #1 (rough draft) - due next class
  2. One-Act Play - due Thurs/Mon, 3/18-3/22

Thurs/Fri, 3/11-3/12

  1. Macbeth - read Act III Scenes 4-6
  2. DCE - 1st body paragraph DUE

HW:

  1. Macbeth Act III Questions - due Mon, 3/15
  2. One-Act Play - due Thurs/Mon, 3/18-3/22
  3. DCE - 2nd body paragraph - due Thurs/Fri, 3/25-3/26

Mon, 3/15

  1. Macbeth - discuss Act III Questions

HW:

  1. One-Act Play - due Mon/Tues, 3/22-3/23
  2. DCE Influence Essay Body Paragraph #2 (rough draft) - due Thurs/Fri, 3/25-3/26

Tues/Wed, 3/16-3/17

  1. Macbeth - Act IV Warm-up; read Act IV Scenes 1 & 2 in class; read Scene 3 on your own

HW:

  1. Macbeth Act IV Questions - due Mon/Tues, 3/22-3/23
  2. One-Act Play - due Mon/Tues, 3/22-3/23
  3. DCE Influence Essay Body Paragraph #2 (rough draft) - due Thurs/Fri, 3/25-3/26

Thurs/Fri, 3/18-3/19

  1. Quick check-in with Period 1 ONLY - work asynchronously on Macbeth Act IV Q's, One-Act Play & DCE Influence Essay Body Section #2
  2. NO CLASSES FRIDAY 
  3. HYBRID SCHEDULE STARTS NEXT WEEK

HW:

  1. Macbeth Act IV Questions - due Mon/Tues, 3/22-3/23
  2. One-Act Play - due Mon/Tues, 3/22-3/23
  3. DCE Influence Essay Body Paragraph #2 (rough draft) - due Thurs/Fri, 3/25-3/26

HYBRID SCHEDULE:

  • Per. 1 meets Mon, 3/22 & Thurs, 3/25
  • Per. 4 meets Tues, 3/23 & Fri, 3/26

Mon/Tues, 3/22-3/23 

  1. One-Act Play DUE
  2. Macbeth - discuss Act IV Questions; do Act V Warm-up; read Act V Scenes 1-4

HW:

  1. DCE 2nd Body Section (rough) - due Thurs/Fri, 3/25-3/26
  2. Macbeth Act V Questions - due Tues/Wed, 3/30-3/31

Thurs/Fri, 3/25-3/26

  1. DCE 2nd Body Section (rough) DUE
  2. Macbeth - read Act V Scenes 5-8

HW:

  1. Macbeth Act V Questions - due Tues/Wed, 3/30-3/31
  2. DCE Influence Essay Final Draft - due Tues/Wed, 3/30-3/31

HYBRID SCHEDULE:

  • Per. 1 meets Tues, 3/30 
  • Per. 4 meets Wed, 3/31

Tues/Wed, 3/30-3/31

  1. Macbeth - discuss Act V Questions
  2. DCE Influence Essay Final Draft DUE

HW:

  1. None - have a great spring break!

HYBRID SCHEDULE:

  • Per. 1 meets Mon, 4/12 & Thurs, 4/15
  • Per. 4 meets Tues, 4/13 & Fri, 4/16

Mon/Tues, 4/12-4/13

  1. On Writing - assign pp. 220-249 - quiz Fri, 4/23 (Per. 1) & Mon, 4/26 (Per. 4)
  2. Travel Writing Unit Intro: 1) How to Become a Travel Writer + Tips from Experts  2) Sense Sensibility Exercises  3) Assignment #1: Restaurant Review

HW:

  1. Travel Writing Assignment #1 - due Tues/Wed, 4/20-3/21
  2. On Writing  Quiz #9 (pp. 220-249) - Fri/Mon, 4/23-4/26
  3. Sense Sensitivity Exercises - due Mon/Tues, 5/3-5/4

Thurs/Fri, 4/15-4/16

  1. Travelers' Tales - read excerpt & answer Q's
  2. Travel Writing Exercise #1 - "Imagine You're a Housefly..."

HW:

  1. Travel Writing Assignment #1 - due Tues/Wed, 4/20-3/21
  2. On Writing  Quiz #9 (pp. 220-249) - Fri/Mon, 4/23-4/26
  3. Sense Sensitivity Exercises - due Mon/Tues, 5/3-5/4

Tues/Wed, 4/20-4/21

  1. Travel Writing Assignment #1 DUE - share in groups; submit to GC
  2. Travel Writing Assignment #2: Survival Guide - assign; read "The Spring Break College Tour: A Survival Guide," "Dragging the Family to the Magic Kingdom," & "Worst-Case Scenario Survival Guide for Travel" excerpts

HW:

  1. On Writing  Quiz #9 (pp. 220-249) - next class
  2. Travel Writing Assignment #2 - due Wed/Thurs, 4/28-4/29
  3. Sense Sensitivity Exercises - due Mon/Tues, 5/3-5/4

Fri/Mon, 4/23-4/26

  1. Travelers' Tales - "The Wrong Number" - read & do Q's w/a partner or small group; discuss; submit to GC today
  2. Travel Writing Exercise #2 - "Minor Character as Mirror" - submit today
  3. On Writing Quiz #9 (pp. 220-249) - take asynchroniously; assign pp. 253-270

HW:

  1. Travel Writing Assignment #2 - due Wed/Thurs, 4/28-4/29
  2. Sense Sensitivity Exercises - due Mon/Tues, 5/3-5/4
  3. On Writing Quiz #10 (pp. 253-270) - Thurs/Fri, 5/6-5/7

Wed/Thurs, 4/28-4/29

  1. Travel Writing Assignment #2 DUE - share in groups; submit to GC
  2. Travel Writing Assignment #3: Outdoor Activity Recommendation - assign & watch 2 short videos
  3. Traveler's Tales - read "The Deep Fried Potato Bug" & do Q's in groups; discuss

HW:

  1. Sense Sensitivity Exercises - due Mon/Tues, 5/3-5/4
  2. Travel Writing Assignment #3 - due Thurs/Fri, 5/6-5/7
  3. On Writing Quiz #10 (pp. 253-270) - Thurs/Fri, 5/6-5/7

Mon/Tues, 5/3-5/4

  1. Intro to Writing for Children - small groups: share your favorite children's book and why you loved it; watch "10 Notable Children's Authors" video; introduce Children's Literature Review assignment - review handout
  2. Sense Sensitivity Exercises DUE TODAY

HW:

  1. Travel Writing Assignment #3 - due next class
  2. On Writing Quiz #10 (pp. 253-270) - next class
  3. Children's Literature Review Assignment - due Tues/Wed, 5/11-5/12

Thurs/Fri, 5/6-5/7

  1. On Writing Quiz #10 (pp. 253-270)
  2. Travel Writing Assignment #3 DUE - share your work in groups for feedback
  3. Children's Book - Final Project - assign: read through "Lesson 19: The Children's Story," introduce the final project - review handout

HW:

  1. Children's Literature Review Assignment - due Tues/Wed, 5/11-5/12
  2. Children's Book Final Project - due Mon/Tues, 5/24-5/25

Tues/Wed, 5/11-5/12

  1.  Children's Literature Review DUE TODAY - share your review in groups
  2. Article: "Anthropomorphism in Children's Literature" - read & do Q's in groups; discuss & submit to GC today

HW:

  1. On Writing Quiz #11 (pp. 271-286) - Wed/Thurs, 5/19-5/20
  2. Children's Book Final Project - due Mon/Tues, 5/24-5/25

Fri/Mon, 5/14-5/17

  1. Children's book samples - read 2 children's books, "Dragon's Breath" and "Flowy" -work in groups to answer Q's; discuss merits: message, character development, plot development, vocabulary, illustrations and layout

HW:

  1. On Writing Quiz #11 (pp. 271-286) - Wed/Thurs, 5/19-5/20
  2. Children's Book Final Project - due Mon/Tues, 5/24-5/25

Wed/Thurs, 5/19-5/20

  1.  On Writing Quiz #11
  2. Video Interviews with Children's Authors and Illustrators - choose an author, watch the interview, then answer the questions - be prepared to share your author in groups next class.

HW:

  1. Children's Book Final Project - due Mon/Tues, 5/24-5/25

IMPORTANT LINKS

Course Syllabus

Academic Honesty Agreement

Listening & Speaking Standards

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