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Adventures in Creative Writing (Self Paced)

Mrs. Dawn Huffman, Certified Teacher
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(445)
Students will be engaged as they adventure through the development of creative writing skills. Let the journey begin!

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
7 lessons//7 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to Storytelling
In our "Introduction to Storytelling" lesson for creative writing, students delve into the importance of storytelling as the cornerstone of crafting engaging narratives. Through discussions and examples, they grasp how storytelling captivates readers, conveys messages, and forms the backbone of compelling storytelling in their writing journey.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Idea Generation
In the Idea Generation Workshop, learners explore mind mapping, freewriting, brainstorming, and idea combination to cultivate creative thinking. Through guided activities and discussions, they learn to generate, expand, and evaluate ideas effectively, empowering them to tackle projects with innovation and originality.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Building Strong Characters
In Building Strong Characters, students learn to develop compelling personalities with detailed backgrounds, motivations, and goals. Through activities, they create complex characters for their story, exploring relationships and conflicts to enhance storytelling depth and engagement.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Students will learn about key plot elements and analyze examples to understand narrative structure. Through brainstorming, they craft engaging plots with clear goals and conflicts, refining their storytelling skills for compelling narratives.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Setting & Description
This lesson will help learners with incorporating sensory details and vivid imagery. Through descriptive writing exercises and visual prompts, learners will learn to bring their settings to life, enhancing their storytelling skills and fostering reader engagement. This lesson emphasizes the importance of setting as a dynamic element that shapes characters, influences plot development, and evokes emotional responses in readers, ultimately enriching their narratives.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Learners will grasp how revising refines ideas, improves clarity, and enhances overall quality. They learn that revision is integral to crafting polished, impactful writing that effectively communicates their ideas.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Book Cover Design
Students learn design principles like imagery, typography, and color schemes. They create mock-up covers, gaining hands-on experience in visually capturing book themes and attracting readers.
I have a master's degree is in reading and writing.  Before becoming a middle school science teacher, I spent a lot of time inspiring and encouraging students to tell their stories.  Now I spend a lot of time incorporating writing in the content area!
Materials will be provided through the Outschool classroom and learners can message me privately through the learner's private messaging on Outschool.   Learners will no longer need to use Schoology.  Work can be submitted through Outschool learner messages. 
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(445)
“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
– Ignacio Estrada

I am a certified teacher and a math & science instructional coach. 
I began my teaching career as a 5th-grade elementary teacher in Illinois in... 
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7 pre-recorded lessons
7 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

Completed by 340 learners
Ages: 11-16

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