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Waldorf Private Writing Course

Creative Writing: Tell a Tall Tale with Figurative Language (8-11)

Gina Conroy
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(354)
With an emphasis on figurative language, students learn about tall tales and write their own ridiculously exaggerated stories! US Western expansion history, geography, and culture round out this fun class!

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 5
Course Objectives:

*Introduce learners to beginning storytelling using tall tale stories as a guide and to create original tall tale stories.
*Introduce and practice using figurative language such as similes, metaphors, hyperboles, personification, onomatopoeia 
*Introduce elements of good descriptive writing like show, don't tell, and active vs. passive writing
*Teach learners an overall view of how westward expansion and geography contributed to the telling of tall tales. 

** This class is designed to foster a love of storytelling, and while good writing and sentences will be addressed, that is not the emphasis or goal of this class. For more instruction and practice in strong writing techniques, see my "PAINT with your Words" and "Perfectly Powerful Paragraph" classes. 
I'm a published fiction and nonfiction author, former homeschool mom of four, and have taught and tutored all ages for close to 20 years. I developed these creative writing and storytelling techniques when I started teaching an elective writing course at my kids' school over 10 years ago. This curriculum has developed over time and can be adapted for children of all ages to be successful in storytelling. I'm the author of "Release the Novel in You" workbook: The go-to fiction book for teen authors (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1508555710), and I teach advanced novel writing and storytelling as well as other writing and elective classes on Outschool.

What parents are saying:

Gina is a phenomenal writing teacher! We have loved working with her. We have a range of ages and she is great at adapting to their ages and learning styles. She's very patient and good at helping them focus. My kids have learned so much and been stretched and challenged in the area of writing. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to advance in any area of writing! - Bethany mother of K, 1st, 3rd, 4th grade tutored students.
Homework Offered
Learners should be able to write on their own or they will need parental help. If learners don't complete the assignments in class, they will need to complete them for homework. Weekly writing assignments will be given and should be turned in via google docs or a Word document. Homework may include watching videos that illustrate what we are learning in class, finishing worksheets, and writing their story. Parental assistance is may be needed to type and submit their work.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Learners are assessed through class participation and application of the writing techniques taught. Learners turn in weekly homework assignments for evaluation. Students can share their stories on the classroom page. This class is designed to foster a love of storytelling, and while good writing and sentences will be addressed, that is not the emphasis. For strong writing techniques, see my "PAINT with your Words" and "Perfectly Powerful Paragraph" classes.
Grades Offered
Students should have a couple of pencils, notebook paper, and a folder or 3 ring binder. Final stories will need to be typed and shared with teacher for input. Worksheets will be provided.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS: I will start each class announcing my class expectations which include: 
**NOT using the chat box for messages not relative to the discussion and questions
**NO drawing and writing on the screen I use for teaching 
**NO learner sharing their screen for any reason
**NO disruptive behavior such as flashing lights in the screen and constantly switching their background 

While I understand many students are new to online learning, if a student does not respond to correction and continues disruptive behavior, he or she will be asked to leave the class for the day or the rest of the time. Videos may be accessed, however no refund will be issued if learner does not show cooperation in correction and is asked to leave class.

THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING these rules are in place due to problems in past classes (with younger students) and are enforced to ensure that ALL students have the best experience possible. 

Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(354)
I love seeing students get excited about writing, even reluctant writers. Ever since I was 8  years old, I've been journaling and writing poetry to express things I couldn't speak out loud or didn't know how to. My thoughts just came out better... 
Group Class


for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
45 min

Completed by 13 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-11
5-12 learners per class

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