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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

16-18 Weeks

Overview

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Major Topics and Concepts

Career

Television Producer

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of critical reading by analyzing texts from a variety of creative writing genres for mood and tone, structure, theme, and point of view.

Project

You are a television producer for a morning talk show working on a segment for October’s National Book Month. The hosts want to highlight examples of literature from multiple genres devoted to a specific theme. You’ll research how authors develop theme and then choose a variety of texts, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, dedicated to the theme you chose. You will present your proposal to the show’s hosts, explaining how the texts relate to the theme and how the authors develop this theme in their texts.

Career

Director

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of creative nonfiction by writing a piece of creative nonfiction that uses narrative elements and structures to address a specific audience.

Project

You are the director for a nonprofit organization that helps graduating high school seniors apply for college and scholarship opportunities. For students who want to take advantage of this organization, each senior is supposed to submit a personal essay about a moment where they learned something that helped to define them. For your nonprofit’s website, to encourage participation but also to impress funders, you need to write a model essay as an example. The essay should focus on one moment that impacted your worldview, helped shape your personality, or change your behavior to make you the person you are today.

Career

Writer

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of fiction by writing a short story that uses plot, setting, descriptions, and dialogue to convey theme.

Project

You are a writer for a publishing company that creates book series in many different genres. The editors want to start a new series and to evaluate whether or not you are the right author, have asked you to submit a story in whatever genre you choose. Getting this position could mean years of steady work writing books, so you’ll want to do well on this writing sample.

Career

Editor

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of poetry by writing poems that use figurative language, form, and word choice to convey theme, mood, and tone.

Project

You are the editor of your town’s newspaper and the staffer who wrote the monthly poem has found a new job. Until you can hire a replacement, it is your responsibility to make sure all the sections of the newspaper have new content, so you will need to write this month’s poem. You can choose whatever theme you want; it just needs to be appropriate to the wide audience that makes up the newspaper’s readers.

Career

Instructional Coordinator

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the writing process by creating a piece of writing through prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

Project

You are applying for a job managing a writing center at a major university. Because you will be tutoring students who struggle with the writing process, you’ll need to prove that you are familiar with it and can explain it to others. For your application, you’ll put together a portfolio of a piece of your writing that has gone through all the stages of the writing process.

Credits .5

Competencies

  • Creative Nonfiction
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of creative nonfiction by writing a piece of creative nonfiction that uses narrative elements and structures to address a specific audience.
  • Fiction
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of fiction by writing a short story that uses plot, setting, descriptions, and dialogue to convey theme.
  • Poetry
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of poetry by writing poems that use figurative language, structure/form, and word choice to convey theme, mood, and tone.
  • Read Like A Writer
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of critical reading by analyzing texts from a variety of creative writing genres for mood and tone, structure, theme, and point of view.
  • Writing Process
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the writing process by creating a piece of writing through prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

Pre-Requisites

None

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