This course is designed to help students develop the skills for understanding and analyzing the art and craft of creative writing. Students will begin to develop critical editorial skills with regard to their own work and that of their peers. Students will read a variety of published stories, essays, and poems and learn how to apply the techniques of other writers to their writing while developing their own voice.
The purpose of this course is to enable students to learn and use middle school writing and language skills for creative expression in a variety of literary forms. Emphasis will be on development of a personal writing style.
The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:
- a study of a variety of short literary collections, including poetry, one-act plays, the short story, and memoir to determine and practice
- literary text craft and structure
- use of figurative, denotative, and connotative language
- appropriate voice and/or tone
- story structure, poetic forms, and creative pacing techniques
- reciprocal nature of content and form
- writing for varied purposes and in varied genres, including
- personal and dramatic narratives
- various poetic forms
- plays and multimedia productions
- multi-genre and creative nonfiction selections
- digital writing platforms
- effective listening, speaking, and viewing strategies with emphasis on the use of evidence to support or refute a claim in multimedia presentations, class discussions, and extended text discussions
- collaboration amongst peers, especially regarding peer reviews of multiple drafts
Important Note: Reading and writing courses should not be used in place of English/Language Arts courses; reading and writing courses are intended to be used to supplement further study in English/Language Arts.
English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Language Arts. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: https://cpalmsmediaprod.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/docs/standards/eld/la.pdf.