Students will try their hand at writing their own stories, learning how to build their worlds, craft three dimensional characters, and develop plots filled with conflict. Creative writing helps to promote expression and bring a student alive. It's amazing sometimes, the stories buried in a child's soul.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J. K. Rowling
Students will prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). During the month of November the goal is to write a novel. The month before, we plan our characters, setting, plot, conflict, and everything else to write an amazing story.
J.K. Rowling is a master storyteller. While students are preparing their own story, we will analyze Harry Potter. Students will read articles about how Rowling plotted her stories, created her characters, and crafted intertwining storylines.
Students will learn how to annotate in their books, taking notes and highlighting for understanding.
Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
During National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), students will use the notes they brainstormed in the previous months and use that to write a 10,000 word short story during the month of November.
Roald Dahl was a master of detailed writing and storytelling. Students will analyze how each chapter in this book is like a short story in itself, and use the techniques learned from this in their own writing.
Students will focus on figurative language, such as similes, metaphors, personification, and alliterations.
At the end of the month, the students will receive an editor's letter with constructive feedback, and begin the revising and editing process on their novels.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This novel is one of the most well-crafted stories, with clear characterization, intricate plot and subplots, and worldbuilding that is minutely detailed.
This unit focuses on creative writing and producing a plan for a short story.
Creating a goal for your character to accomplish by the end of the story and a plan on how to reach that goal.
Developing characters with passions, fears, and secrets.
Creating the world your characters live in.
Finding the theme and mood for your story and crafting a voice that matches that.
Paper Towns by John Green
The Hero's Journey is a cyclical storytelling method that can be found in almost every story, whether it's a novel, short story, film, TV show, or picture book. We will take the four acts, broken into 12 scenes, and apply it to John Green's novel.
Students will also take the work they did in the previous unit of creating their characters and worldbuilding, and create a Hero's Journey for their own story.