High School

Creative Writing

0.5 Credits
18 weeks
Open

Projects allow students to demonstrate competence and understanding of concepts and skills by completing a career-related task. For example, the assignment might be to create a mural, a package design, a speech, a film review, or a movie set – you name it! These creative projects are about applying your learning acquired through in-depth research to real-world career tasks.

Each competency will be addressed through a project that is based on a real-life career task. Here are the careers you will explore in Creative Writing Projects:  Television Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, and Instructional Coordinator.

Please also review the competency statements to learn more about the major topics and concepts covered in this offering.

 

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.

Projects

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Digital Badge

Experiences allow you to explore a career field you’re curious about while mastering competencies for school credit. Through career-focused experiential learning, you will develop and learn skills for application to tasks typically completed as part of a career rather than using traditional assessments like essays or tests. During your Experience, you’ll work with a professional in the field to support your learning whom we call an “outside expert.” You’ll earn a badge for your accomplishments to share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and colleagues to display your qualifications.

Here’s how Experiences work:

  • Each competency you work on is addressed through a separate deliverable (final product) predetermined by you and your instructor.
  • 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.
  • 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 meet 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 may work with an Occupational Therapist to help apply your writing skills to create an informational video about adaptive equipment for patients. The video aims to advise family members of patients regarding the use of accommodations and equipment to help patients perform daily tasks. Now 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.

Obtaining an Outside Expert: Prior to enrollment, please have an idea for an outside expert in mind or consult with our counseling department by emailing [email protected] for help in identifying one. You can also view a list of VLACS-approved experts you may work with during your Experience in the Career Mentor Catalog.

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

 

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.