Creative Writing

0.5 Unit
English Language Arts
Grades: 12

This one-semester elective course is intended as a practical, hands-on guide to help you learn and sharpen your skills as a creative writer. The course is structured into lessons and course activities as follows: The first lesson describes the process of and motivations for creative writing and answers basic questions about creative writing. (ÒWhat makes for a budding creative writer?Ó ÒWhat strengths should I build on to become one?Ó ÒWhere should I look for ideas?Ó). You will learn about the scope of creative writing and its genres. The second lesson focuses on the personal essay and travel writingÑtwo forms of non-fiction. Besides learning about desirable attributes in these two sub-genres, youÕll try your hand at writing diaries and speeches. You will also record a short speech for self-review and revision. The next four lessons look at prose and poetry and explore the elements of fiction: plot, setting, and characterization. In the course activities that follow, youÕll get to write a full length short story, as well as a chapter from a novel of your own imagination. You will also learn about the poetry writing process and try your hand at a few poetic forms. In the next three lessons, youÕll look at writing for stage, film, and TV. YouÕll learn about theatrical and film techniques, as well as technical effects that are typically used in electronic media. Learning about plot and character-creation techniques will help you write a play of your own in the following course activity. The next three lessons take you through writing for younger audiences, for advertising, and journalism. YouÕll get to write a news editorial as well as an editorial review of a book or film. The last lesson introduces you to the publishing industryÑthe way it works and the way you should approach it. You will also learn about marketing and promotion planning for your work.
At key points in this course, you will get to assess your own original writing (either through self-review against a set of guidelines or by a peer) and revise it before submission to the instructor. You will notice that extended writing tasks are typically planned for in the lesson activity and actually written in the course activity that follows.
This is a writing intensive course. You will spend about 60 percent of your time doing original writing, reviewing, and rewriting. You will do a good deal of your original writing in the course activities. You will submit the Course Activity documents to your teacher, and you will grade your work in the Lesson Activities by comparing them with sample responses. Each lesson also has a multiple-choice mastery test. A multiple-choice end-of-semester test completes the course. The Course Activities (submitted to the teacher) and the Lesson Activities (self-checked) are major components of this course.



Instructor Embedded Cost: $275

Content Only Cost: See Course Details

The following information applies only to instructor embedded courses.

Prerequisites: English 11 A/B

Oklahoma Subject Code: 4301

Course Provider Contact: Sarika Simpson | Academy Director | | 866-890-8153

How To Purchase This Course

Districts wishing to purchase this course should contact the course provider directly (see contact information above) and reference the contract in the "attachments" portion of the page linked here. If you are purchasing an Instructor Embedded course, please note that online instructors need not be certified in the state of Oklahoma. They must be certified to teach the content in at least one state or teach the subject at a college or university. To enroll a student in the course, you will need to obtain from the course provider (a) the instructor’s name; (b) the state through which the instructor is certified, and (c) the instructor’s certification number. If the instructor is employed to teach the subject at a college or university, you will need to obtain that institution’s iPEDS number. This information will be recorded in the SIS when you enroll a student in the course. When enrolling a student in a Content Only course, you must indicate in the SIS the name of the person monitoring the course.