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Creative Writing Syllabus

Creative Writing

Mrs.Denise Braswell

Salmon High School

Room 5


(208) 756-2415








Course Description

Creative Writing focuses on exploring various genres of writing, speaking and listening.  We do this by:

  • Investigating various genres of literature/writing
  • Reading
  • Writing creatively
  • Presentations (poetry slams, publishing, web posting, etc.)


Enduring Understandings/Essential Questions

Voice is established by the author in personal writing.

  • How is voice established in non-fiction?
  • What is the purpose of voice?

Point of view can be altered for different purposes or effects in non-fiction.

  • What are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person point of view?
  • How does an author decide the most effective point of view?

Showing a scene creates a picture in the reader’s mind

  • How does an author SHOW a scene?
  • What are action verbs?
  • Why are action verbs effective?

Style is unique to a particular author and genre.

  • How do authors manipulate or create their style?

Non-fiction is a blend of actual experience and literary elements.

  • What is non-fiction?
  • What are the different forms of non-fiction?

Following the steps of the writing process enhances the final product.

Poetry creates visual images using figurative language.

  • How is meter used to establish rhythm?
  • How do poets manipulate line to emphasize rhythm or meaning?
  • What are the different types of rhyme?
  • What are alliteration, assonance, consonance, and repetition?
  • In what ways can sound be manipulated?
  • How is meter used to establish rhythm?
  • How does figurative language enhance poetry?
  • What is metaphor, simile and personification?
  • How are images created in poetry?
  • What is free verse?
  • How is poetry different than prose?
  • What is a stanza?
  • What is the form of a sonnet?

Characters are developed through direct and indirect methods of characterization.

  • What methods are used to create characters?
  • How do you develop character directly?
  • How do you develop character indirectly?

Dialogue in fiction should mirror natural speech.

  • How should dialogue be written?

Instructional Materials

  • In the Middle- Atwell
  • Reading and Writing Poetry with Teenagers-Lown
  • Writer’s Inc.
  • Writing Smarter!
  • After the End-Creative Revision -Lane



Unit Topics:

  • Non-Fiction Writing
  • Poetry as a Writing Style
  • Fiction Writing


Conceptual Lens:





Students will create a bound writing portfolio using original work from each unit, which demonstrates their growth as creative writers, analyzes themselves as writers, and evaluates the Creative Writing course.



Points will be given for individual and group work.  Classroom PARTICIPATION will a be a major influence on a student’s grade (see participation rubric for a breakdown of the requirements.) * The total points you received for your work will be divided by the total points possible.  The percentage you receive translates to a grade in the following manner:

90-100 % A

            80-89% B

            70-79% C

            60-69% D

            Below 59% F

Your grade will reflect work done on:

  • Participation/work ethic---group work, journal writing, bell activities
  • Maintaining your writer’s notebook
  • Fiction writing
  • Non-Fiction writing
  • Poetry
  • Various classroom assignments
  • Multi-Genre Portfolio-Culminating project
  • Publishing work







Behavioral Expectations

Come to class…

    • With a positive attitude~Ready to work, participate, and learn
    • Without put downs and negative humor
    • With all supplies and assignments ready to go
    • Dressed appropriately (see student handbook)
    • With your restroom needs SATISFIED!

J You may bring a bottle of water with a lid to class, however no other beverages will be allowed.


Tardy policy

            Students that are tardy (unexcused) will need to sign a tardy log before entering the classroom.  Please refer to student handbook for further information about the district’s tardy policy.  





1)     Homework is due at the beginning of class. 

2)    No late assignments will be accepted without a penalty imposed

****However, each student has an “extension” pass to allow him/her one late assignment per quarter with no penalties applied. In other words, the student has one week from the original assignment date to turn in his/her late assignment as long as the extension pass is stapled to the top of the assignment (this will be fully explained to the students upon receiving their pass for each quarter.)


Make-Up Work:

 For excused absences only…one day for every day absent is allowed for completing make up work.  If you miss class, it is your responsibility to get any notes for a classmate and collect needed make- up assignments.








Creative Writing/Semester 1 (2009-2010)



I am looking forward toan exciting year of hands-on learning.   If you have any questions or concerns please feel freeto contact me.  My phone number atSalmon High School is 756-2415. You can also reach me via email, dbraswell@salmon.k12.id.us. 

Pleasekeep the following pages for your reference, and only return this sectionwith signatures of acknowledgment to me, Mrs. Braswell. 















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