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Fun Creative Writing With Horses

In this 3 day class, students will create a fictional story about a horse.
Tracey Hillquist
102 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 11 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
45 minutes
per class
3x per week
over 1 week
9-12
year olds
3-6
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Description

Class Experience

Students will improve their skill of creative writing and storytelling to create their own folk story. 
The class students will be asked to present a project, their own short story. Projects will be a creative writing essay that students create on their own. During each class there will be a time for feedback and/or help with stories along the way. Students will present their essay at the last class. Students can decide how the project will look, creativity, etc. Illustrations can be included if they would like. The instructor will help with topic selection and reference material, as needed. The topic will be all about a horse or horses.

Class 1: Introductions and how to begin our own story. A worksheet will be provided that will assist with the process of writing the story. 
Read a folk story. Read the short story called "The Pacing White Stallion" Johnston,M (1981) As a class we'll discuss how Johnston describes her main character, the stallion. We'll talk about how we imagine the horse to look in our minds. This article does not have any illustrations so we'll let our imaginations lead the way. The class will discuss the human characters as well and how Johnston's description of them makes us feel about them. Do we imagine them to be kind people? What do we imagine them to look like, etc. We will discuss the story as a whole. Class will discuss realistic fiction and express opinions about this piece of writing. Week 1: We will also discuss why and how folk stories were told.
Class 2:   We will read a story about a pony named Shotgun and his storytelling of how he lost his sight, his own special girl and the lesson he taught humans everywhere. Students will participate in discussions about how the story was written, how the author described the pony and the other horses. We will talk about how each of the characters play a part in the story, how the author describes each character and how we feel words play a part in how we picture the characters in our mind. Then we'll look at the real life Shotgun the pony and see how our imagination matches up. 
Discuss the final project. The final project will be a fictional story each student will write and discuss with the class on the last day. A rubric will be discussed about how grading will be done. 

Week 3: Student read stories. Each student will present their short story, essay or poem. They will each have approximately 5 minutes to read and show (if pictures are included) the class their work. This public speaking will increase each students ability to speak n public and express their ideas with confidence. It will also be a venue for students to show their artistic writing and illustrations. Illustrations are optional.  


Students will receive feedback after the final class.   Students are encouraged to read their story to the class and can read dramatically if they choose (for example using different voices for characters or narration of how the horse might feel, etc).  If formal grades are requested by the parent the instructor will be happy to provide them.
Students will have an experience of using their imaginations to create a piece of writing that will be exciting for a reader. The student will have a fun look into creating an artful story.  Reading and presenting their work will give an experience in public speaking. 
This instructor has had 40 + years of equine experience. Having owned, loved and ridden horses my entire life, I have a passion for horses that I love to share. This class is one of my many classes to come that I like to call "All Things Horses". The series of All Things Horses classes will include, geography (locations around the globe and how that location connects to horses, reading, writing short stories about horses, writing poetry about horses, horse personalities as well as horse anatomy. Please join me on this journey of horses.
"There is nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse." - Winston Churchill
Homework will be students are asked to creatively write their own folk story/fictional story about horses or a horse. They will begin after the first class session and can add/modify or continue throught the series.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.

The instructor will provide feedback within 24 hours of the last class regarding providing feedback on the story writing as well as the speaking portion. Feedback will include strengths as well as encouragement for any improvements. 
2 hours 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.

Teacher

Tracey Hillquist
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Instructor of All Things Horses
102 total reviews
77 completed classes

About Me

About Me

Are you looking for an enthusiastic, fun, and driven instructor?  
I have over 40 years experience working with horses, riding, showing as well as giving lessons to children. I specialize in general riding as well as gymkhana events. I... 
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