Written by Kelly Sage
The Creative Writing Unit encompasses an array of writing and reading activities, encouraging students to become a part of the creative writing world. Through this unit students utilize and manipulate their favorite music, poetry, movies, and fiction in order create their own creative writing pieces. By using an assortment of resources, media and print, students will employ their own personal connection with a piece in order to become acquainted with the steps of the writing process, different genres within writing and the individual styles of authors and poets. The students will also be engaging in writing workshops, peer editing and utilizing revision skills. This unit is designed for tenth grade English students; however, it can be modified for any middle or high school English class. This unit can also be modified for time. It was created as a six-week unit. A sampling of four lesson plans is included.
Upon completion of the Creative Writing Unit students will be able to:
utilize and manipulate different medias and genres in order to create their own creative writing pieces
understand the basic elements of creative writing including, plot, setting, characterization and dialogue
utilize the basic elements of creative writing in their own creative pieces
successfully critique and analyze different medias and genres, according to their own personal interpretations
utilize their own personal experiences in correlation with the mechanics of writing; style, personal editing, peer editing and revision to develop a series of creative writing pieces.
A. Pre-write for ideas
B. Creative development
i. Peer feedback
ii. Teacher feedback
i. Who is audience
ii. Mechanical structures towards audience
1. Development of character, plot, climax
This unit fulfills many of the SOL objectives for grade ten including: Oral Language 10.1, Reading Analysis 10.3, 10.5 and 10.6, Writing 10.7, 10.8, 10.9,and 10.10. See below for specific examples.
10.1-The student will participate in and report on small-group learning activities.
Present sample writing piece individually and in small groups
Present appropriate school and audience material
10.3-The student will read, comprehend, and critique literary works.
Identify universal truths, structure similarities and connect prior knowledge of work by creating/changing/adding new ending, scene or dialogue to original work.
10.5-The student will read and analyze a variety of poetry.
Manipulate poems by changing voice, therefore creating new ending, rhyme, theme and/or structure.
10.6-The student will read and critique dramatic selections.
Become familiar with dramatic work, way different dialogue functions in order to create new interpretation of dialogue. Example: Shakespeare rap.
10.7-The student will develop a variety of writing, with an emphasis on exposition.
Use pre-writing techniques to formulate ideas.
Create multiple drafts and revisions for final portfolio
10.8-The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.
After competition of six week unit, students will turn in individual portfolio which must include at least three polished, revised, edited pieces of their own work.
10.9-The student will critique professional and peer writing.
Students will peer edit each other’s work in writing workshops on a weekly, if not daily, basis.
10.10-The student will use writing to interpret, analyze, and evaluate ideas.
All writing projects for this unit are a compilation of interpretation, analysis and evaluation of other creative pieces.
Students will use this compilation to manipulate creative pieces and generate their own.
1. Creative Writing Collage: songs, poems, short stories
2. Sound of Creative Writing: free-write
3. Sound of Creative Writing: drafting
4. Sound of Creative Writing: peer editing
6. Comic Side to Creativity
7. Presenting Your Comic Side
8. Short Stories: Reading-Response groups
9. Short Stories: Class Writing
11. Changing Fate in Movies: free-write
12. Changing Fate in Movies: scene writing/draft
13. Changing Fate in Movies: peer editing
14. Changing Fate in Movies: filming
16. The Novel: 2 novels/ 2 groups
17. The Novel: chapters 1-6 Reading-Response groups
18. The Novel: chapters 7-12 RR gps. Scene Acting
19. The Novel: chapters 13-18 RR gps Draw It
20. The Novel: chapters 19-done RR gps Debate
21. The Other Side of the Poem: poem circle & free-write
22. Library Day: find a poem
23. The Other Side of the Poem: drafting with voice
24. The Other Side of the Poem: peer editing
26. Tying it all Together-My Creative Voice
27. My Creative Voice: Drafting with pictures-Brainstorming-Free write
28. My Creative Voice: Editing
29. My Creative Voice: Sharing
30. My Creative Voice: Sharing-PORTFOLIOS DUE &
Students will be assessed in this unit by completion of an individual portfolio. The student must turn in all pre-writes, journal exercises, webbing, and drafts assigned for the unit; however, they can choose two pieces of their best work to revise, edit and finalize. Students must also turn in the final assignment in this unit, My Creative Voice, as a revised, edited and finalized piece. They must also include a hand written letter to the teacher, explaining how they think they have progressed over the sixth week time period and what areas they have improved in and/or still need to improve in. The final part of the portfolio is for the students to evaluate their performance, over the sixth week period, by completing the scoring rubric used to assess their portfolios. The scoring rubric is included:
Scoring Rubric for Creative Writing Unit
Complete Unit including all listed components……100points
Participated in group activites……15pts
Sound of Creatitve Writing freewrite……2.5pts
Sound of Creative Writing draft……….5pts
3-Reading Day journals………2.5pts each
Changing Fate in the Movies freewrite…..2.5pts
Changing Fate in the Movies draft…….5pts
4-Novel reading journals…….2.5pts each
The Other Side of the Poem freewrite…..2.5pts
The Other Side of the Poem draft……5pts
Students Choice-final piece……..10pts
Students Choice-final piece……..10pts
My Creative Voice………15pts
Letter to Teacher…….2.5pts
1-Reading Day journal……extra 2.5pts
Book Talk…….extra 5pts