The Creative Writing course is an elective course for the student wanting to master higher levels of a variety of specialized fiction and nonfiction writing genres. The course begins with a unit focusing on the creative writing process, which should remain open throughout the year, and culminates in a personal writing portfolio, which will likely play an important role for students who plan to pursue higher education (or a career) in the humanities.
Alternatively, the course can be differentiated for secondary-level intensive English students seeking graduation credits. There are no prerequisites to this course, so enrollment is open to all secondary students.
These are the two main textbooks identified for use in the course:
Anderson, Linda, ed. Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings. Oxfordshire:
Routledge, 2006. Print.
Benke, Karen. Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing. Boston: Roost
Books, 2010. Print.
An additional text that the teacher may choose to use as a reference or source of additional teaching material is as follows:
Sellers, Heather. The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students. 2nd Ed.
Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. Print.
In most cases, it will be sufficient to maintain one class set of the Anderson text, for use by students predominantly in the classroom. While the voice of the Sellers text is probably more appealing to secondary students than that of the Anderson text, the organizational structure of the Sellers text is better suited for highly artistic or advanced level students of creative writing; therefore, due to the nature of this curriculum, and considering the abilities of most secondary students, it is recommended that the Anderson be used as the primary textbook for the course. The Benke text should be given to every student enrolled in the course for use as a consumable workbook.
It is worth emphasizing that there are a number of specialized web resources listed for each unit (and in the textbooks), and it is advisable for teachers to use them since the scope of the textbooks does not include all units.
Teachers of this course are encouraged to study the list of selective outcomes and be aware of the ways in which they can tailor the unit goals to meet the academic needs of their students. After engaging in the first five essential units, an additional five selective units should be chosen by teacher/students from the seven selective units listed to complete the 10 required units. This course is required to use five class periods a week. A class period is a minimum of 45 minutes.
An outline of the five essential and eight selective units follows:
E01 – The Writer’s Notebook and Portfolio
E02 – Fiction: Characterization (Note: It is not necessary to write a complete story for this unit.)
E03 – Fiction: Setting (Note: It is not necessary to write a complete story for this unit.)
E04 – Fiction: Point of View, Structure and Audience
E05 – Poetry
S01 – Scriptwriting
S02 – Copywriting
S03 – Graphic Narrative
S04 – Folk Literature
S05 – Fan Fiction
S06 – Creative Nonfiction
S07 – Literary Magazine