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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

16-18 Weeks

Overview

See the “Projects” or “Experience” tab for more information on the options for Creative Writing.

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.

Status

Open

Experiences allow you to explore a career field you’re curious about while mastering competencies for school credit. Through experiential learning, you will learn skills and apply these skills to tasks you would complete as part of a career, rather than completing traditional assessments like essays or tests. During your experience, you’ll work with a professional in the field to support your learning. You’ll earn a badge for your accomplishments, which you can share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and/or colleagues to display your qualifications.

Here’s how experiences work:

  1. Each competency you work on is addressed through a separate deliverable predetermined by you and your instructor.
  2. Guided learning for each module consists of research and/or work with a professional in the field. Your instructor will coach you through this process.
  3. Each module culminates in a final demonstration of understanding, which includes a deliverable and a discussion-based assessment with your instructor.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you’re curious about a career in healthcare. You decide you’d like to learn about this career area, make a professional connection, earn a badge and earn competencies for your 9th grade English requirement. While enrolled in English 1 Experiences, you conduct research to better understand language and structure in writing. Then, you work with an Occupational Therapist who helps you apply this understanding to the creation of an informational video. The video aims to advise the family members of patients regarding adaptive equipment and accommodations to help them support their family members as they go about their daily tasks. You’ve earned the Language and Structure in Writing competency! (This is just one example of the many ways experiences can bridge competencies to careers.)

*A parent/guardian permission form and background check of the outside expert are required for students to work with outside experts without parental supervision.

 

*Please have an idea for an outside expert in mind prior to enrollment or consult with our counseling department by emailing [email protected] prior to enrollment for support identifying one.

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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