Creative Writing

August 26th, 2014

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

Because of formatting constraints, book titles will not be italicized or underlined like they should be.


General Information for June 11-15

This week, juniors will work on the “Final Choice” activity in which they will produce one more final draft in the genre of their choice – fiction, poetry, nonfiction, script/screenplay, or graphic narrative.


Monday – June 11

CW – Final choice

HW – None

Tuesday – June 12

CW – Final choice

HW – None

Wednesday – June 13

CW – Final choice

HW – Final choice due tomorrow

Thursday – June 14

CW – Final choice, sharing

HW – Have a great summer! 

Friday – June 15

No class – even period finals


General Information for June 4-8

This week students will work on their zines. Each student will put together a unique book featuring their favorite writing, complemented by images. Zines are due at the beginning of class on Thursday, when we will have a gallery walk. After that we will have a reading in which students can read a favorite piece of writing from the trimester.

On Friday, juniors will begin the “Final Choice” activity in which they will produce one more final draft in the genre of their choice – fiction, poetry, nonfiction, script/screenplay, or graphic narrative.


Monday – June 4

CW – Zine

HW – Zine due at the beginning of class on Thursday

Tuesday – June 5

CW – Zine 

HW – Zine due at the beginning of class on Thursday

Wednesday – June 6

CW – Zine

HW – Zine due at the beginning of class tomorrow

Thursday – June 7

CW – Zine gallery walk, readings

HW – None!

Friday – June 8

CW – Final choice

HW – None!


General Information for May 28 – June 1

This week students will complete a full-length work of creative nonfiction (500-1000 words).

Students will also begin working on their zines. Each student will put together a unique book featuring their favorite writing, complemented by images.


Monday – May 28

No school – Memorial Day

Tuesday – May 29

CW – Nonfiction rough draft

HW – Nonfiction final draft due Friday

Wednesday – May 30

CW – Nonfiction rough draft & editing/revising

HW – Nonfiction final draft due Friday

Thursday – May 31

CW – Nonfiction editing/revising, Zine

HW – Nonfiction final draft due tomorrow

Friday – June 1

CW – Nonfiction final draft, Zine

HW – None


General Information for May 21-15

We will return to our unit on creative nonfiction this week. Students  will complete prompts #4 and #5, and then students will begin work on a full-length work of creative nonfiction (500-1000 words).

On Friday we will have a visit from a guest author, Eliot Treichel, winner of an Oregon Book Award!

Independent reading packet is due on Friday!


Monday – May 21

CW – Nonfiction Prompts #4 and #5

HW – Independent reading

Tuesday – May 22

CW – Nonfiction prompt #5, Brainstorm

HW – Independent reading

Wednesday – May 23

CW – Brainstorm, Rough draft

HW – Independent reading

Thursday – May 24

CW – Rough draft, “One Last Glimpse” by Eliot Treichel

HW – Independent reading due tomorrow!

Friday – May 25

CW – Author visit – Eliot Treichel

HW – None


General Information for May 14-18

This week, juniors will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Seniors will do a “Final Choice” activity in which they produce one final draft from among the following genre choices: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, script/screenplay, or graphic narrative.

Juniors who have already completed the Smarter Balanced Assessment can use this time to catch up on work from this class or any other class. You might use this time to read your independent creative nonfiction book and work on that packet.

We will return to our unit on creative nonfiction next week.


Monday – May 14

CW – Smarter Balanced/Final Choice

HW – Independent reading

Tuesday – May 15

CW – Smarter Balanced/Final Choice

HW – Independent reading

Wednesday – May 16

CW – Smarter Balanced/Final Choice

HW – Independent reading

Thursday – May 17

CW – Smarter Balanced/Final Choice

HW – Independent reading

Friday – May 18

CW – Smarter Balanced/Final Choice

HW – Independent reading


General Information for May 7-11

This week we will begin our unit on creative nonfiction. We will do daily prompts like we did with fiction. On Monday we will visit the Library to check out a creative nonfiction book of your choice to read indpendently. As with the poetry unit, there will be a packet for you to complete.

Next week, juniors will do the Smarter Balanced Assessment.


Monday – May 7

CW – Creative nonfiction – emotions, Library

HW – Independent reading

Tuesday – May 8

CW – Creative nonfiction prompt #1, poetry submissions

HW – Independent reading

Wednesday – May 9

CW – Creative nonfiction prompt #2

HW – Independent reading

Thursday – May 10

CW – Creative nonfiction prompt #3, Smarter Balanced test prep

HW – Independent reading

Friday – May 11

CW – Creative nonfiction prompt #4, Smarter Balanced test prep

HW – Independent reading


General Information for April 30 – May 4

This week we will conclude our poetry unit. All work is due Thursday. Students should have a poetry book of their choice that they are reading and working with for independent home reading. The reading packet is due Thursday. Here are the final drafts that are due Thursday:

  • Love poem to Russian prince/princess – free verse or rhyming, at least 8 lines
  • Free verse – at least 8 lines (3 rough drafts checked by Mr. C)
  • Rhyming – at least 8 lines (3 rough drafts checked by Mr. C)
  • Lyric – verses and chorus (2 rough drafts checked by Mr. C)
  • Haiku (5 rough drafts checked by Mr. C)
  • Tanka (5 rough drafts checked by Mr. C)
  • Found poetry (will be introduced on Monday)

Monday – April 30

CW – Workshop, Found poetry, writing time

HW – All poetry work due on Thursday!

Tuesday – May 1

CW – Workshop, writing time

HW – All poetry work due on Thursday!

Wednesday – May 2

CW – Workshop, writing time

HW – All poetry work due tomorrow!

Thursday – May 3

CW – Writing time

HW – None!

Friday – May 4

No school – mid-term grading and professional development


General Information for April 23-27

This week we will continue our poetry unit. Students should have a poetry book of their choice that they are reading and working with for independent home reading.

This week students will also submit their short story for publication and begin creating a webpage that will feature their writing.


Monday – April 23

CW – Story submissions, writing time

HW – Independent reading – poetry

Tuesday – April 24

CW – Lyric poetry, writing time

HW – Independent reading – poetry

Wednesday – April 25

CW – Website, writing time

HW – Independent reading – poetry

Thursday – April 26

CW – Haiku and tanka, writing time

HW – Independent reading – poetry

HW – Story submissions due tomorrow

Friday – April 27

CW – Writing time

HW – Independent reading – poetry


General Information for April 16-20

This week students will have a little class time to continue working on a full-length short story, 500-1000 words, but most of it will need to be completed outside of class. It is due this Friday. There will be two grades:

  • Final draft (“Proof”)
  • Planning packet, marked up rough draft, and editing sheet (“Practice”)

This week we will begin our poetry unit. We will go to the Library on Monday and students will check out a poetry book of their choice for independent home reading.


Monday – April 16

CW – Short story – editing/revising, Poetry reading info, Library

HW – Independent reading – poetry

HW – Short story work due Friday

Tuesday – April 17

CW – Poetry survey, Love poem to a Russian prince or princess

HW – Independent reading – poetry

HW – Short story work due Friday

Wednesday – April 18

CW – Poetry – free verse

HW – Independent reading – poetry

HW – Short story work due Friday

Thursday – April 19

CW – Poetry – free verse & rhyming

HW – Independent reading – poetry

HW – Short story work due tomorrow!

Friday – April 20

CW – Poetry – rhyming

HW – Independent reading – poetry


General Information for April 9-13

This week we will finish studying This is the Part Where You Laugh. The packet is due on Friday, when we will also have a quiz on the second half of the book.

Students will continue working on a full-length short story, 500-1000 words. It is due next Friday, April 20, but we will do most of the work on it this week in class.


Monday – April 9

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, short story

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

Tuesday – April 10

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, short story

HW – This is the Part Where You Laugh, pages 271-291

Wednesday – April 11

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, short story

HW – This is the Part Where You Laugh – finish the book!

Thursday – April 12

CW – Guest author – Peter Brown Hoffmeister!

HW – This is the Part Where You Laugh – quiz tomorrow and packet due

Friday – April 13

CW – Quiz on the second half of the book, short story

HW – Short story due next Friday


General Information for April 2-6

This week we will continue studying This is the Part Where You Laugh.

We will wrap up the daily fiction prompts and students will begin working on a full-length short story, 500-1000 words.

Here are the fiction prompts we have done/will do:

  • #1 – Setting -assigned character situation connected to the image of the woods
  • #2 – Setting – choice of character situation connected to the image of the woods
  • #3 – Conflict – 1st person POV about two individuals in conflict
  • #4 – Conflict – write about the same conflict from the other individual’s POV
  • #5 – Decisions – write about a character making a decision, with at least one consequence
  • #6 – Decisions – now write about the character making the opposite decision, with a consequence

Monday – April 2

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Fiction prompt #4 – character/conflict

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

Tuesday – April 3

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Fiction prompt #5 – decisions

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

Wednesday – April 4

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Fiction prompt #6 – decisions

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

Thursday – April 5

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Story planning & rough draft

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

Friday – April 6

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Story planning & rough draft

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


General Information for March 19-23

Welcome! This page is where I will post the weekly agenda.

Because of formatting constraints, book titles like This is the Part Where You Laugh will not be underlined or italicized like they should be!

Bring your I.D. on Tuesday to check out This is the Part Where You Laugh from the AV room. Nightly homework starting Tuesday will include reading the required pages and completing the corresponding portion of your packet.


Monday – March 19

CW – Survey, feedback routine

HW – Bring I.D.!

Tuesday – March 20

CW – Fiction prompt #1 – setting

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

Wednesday – March 21

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Fiction prompt #2 – setting

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

Thursday – March 22

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Fiction prompt #3 – character/conflict

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

Friday – March 23

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, Fiction prompt #4 – character/conflict

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