Creative Writing

August 26th, 2014

This page will typically be updated every Monday, but please remember that things change throughout the week.


General Information for January 15-19

This week students will continue writing their short story, which should be 500-1000 words, outside of class. The following are due on Friday:

  • Final draft
  • Writing work – planning sheet, rough draft, editing sheet

This week we will begin reading and writing poetry! On Thursday we will go to the Library to check out a poetry book of your choice. There will be a packet to work on for homework.


Monday – January 15

No school – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday – January 16

CW – Submissions info, Poetry survey

HW – Short story due Friday

Wednesday – January 17

CW – Poetry – free verse – emotion/color poem

HW – Short story due Friday

Thursday – January 18

CW – Library, Poetry – to be determined based on survey

HW – Short story due tomorrow

HW – Independent reading – poetry

Friday – January 19

CW – Poetry to be determined based on survey

HW – Independent reading – poetry

HW – Three short story submissions due next Friday


General Information for January 8-12

  • This week students will continue writing their short story, which should be 500-1000 words.
  • Students will finish reading “This is the Part Where You Laugh” on Tuesday night. 

Monday – January 8

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Rough draft

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 193-215

Tuesday – January 9

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Letter to a Russian Princess, Rough draft

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 193-215

Wednesday – January 10

CW – Guest author – Peter Brown Hoffmeister!

HW – Quiz tomorrow on the second half of “This is the Part Where You Laugh” 

Thursday – January 11

CW – Quiz on “This is the Part Where You Laugh,”  Rough draft & editing/revising

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” packet due tomorrow

Friday – January 12

CW – Rough draft & editing/revising (last class period to work on story)

HW – Final draft due next Friday, January 19 (we will begin working on poetry in class next week)


General Information for January 1-5

  • This week students will begin writing their short story, which should be 500-1000 words.
  • The only homework is to continue reading “This is the Part Where You Laugh.”

Here are the six fiction prompts we have done. They will be checked off when we return from winter break:

  1. Setting #1 – students were assigned a scenario based on an image of a forest
  2. Setting #2 – students could choose one of the scenarios based on the image of a forest
  3. Conflict #1 – write a scene in 1st person about two individuals engaged in a conflict
  4. Conflict  #2 – write a scene based on the scene above from the other character’s point of view
  5. Decisions #1 – students were assigned a scenario in which a character makes a decision and there is a consequence
  6. Decisions #2 – write a scene in which the above character makes the opposite decision

Monday – January 1

No school – New Year’s Day

Tuesday – January 2

No school – professional development

Wednesday – January 3

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Brainstorming

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 193-215

Thursday – January 4

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Brainstorming & Rough draft

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 216-240

Friday – January 5

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Rough draft

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 241-270


General Information for December 11-15

  • This week students will begin writing fiction. We will do a series of warm ups that each have specific prompts and guidelines.
  • The only homework is to continue reading This is the Part Where You Laugh. Expect a quiz on the book this week!

Here are the six fiction prompts we have done. They will be checked off when we return from winter break:

  1. Setting #1 – students were assigned a scenario based on an image of a forest
  2. Setting #2 – students could choose one of the scenarios based on the image of a forest
  3. Conflict #1 – write a scene in 1st person about two individuals engaged in a conflict
  4. Conflict  #2 – write a scene based on the scene above from the other character’s point of view
  5. Decisions #1 – students were assigned a scenario in which a character makes a decision and there is a consequence
  6. Decisions #2 – write a scene in which the above character makes the opposite decision

Monday – December 11

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Setting

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 55-83

Tuesday – December 12

CW- Discuss previous night’s reading, Setting & Conflict

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 84-106

Wednesday – December 13

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Conflict

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 107-137

Thursday – December 14

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Decisions

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 138-161

Friday – December 15

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Decisions & Brainstorming

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 162-192


General Information for December 4-8

Welcome to Creative Writing!

This week students will write a letter to submit to the Letters About Literature contest. You can win $1000!


Monday – December 4

No school – Professional development

Tuesday – December 5

CW- Welcome, Survey

HW – None!

Wednesday – December 6

CW – Syllabus, Letters About Literature

HW – Parent signature

HW – Letter due at the end of class tomorrow

HW – Bring I.D.

Thursday – December 7

CW – Letters About Literature

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 1-27

Friday – December 8

CW – Discuss pages 28-54, Setting

HW – “This is the Part Where You Laugh” pages 28-54