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Writing Your Own Short Story Camp

This is a fun class that meets 3 times in one week. It is designed to help students tap into their innate creative nature and write a well structured short story.
Lisa Rohloff
309 total reviews for this teacher
133 reviews for this class
Completed by 805 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
3x per week
over 1 week
year olds
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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Class Experience

Students will do the following:
1. Think about what their favorite stories are and why they love them.
2. Draw on their experiences and creativity to generate a story idea.
3. Use a Story Map to develop the characters, setting, problem, main event and resolution for their story.
4. Use a Short Story Plot Map to learn and apply the 5 elements of a Plot: Exposition, Rising Actions, Climax, Falling Actions and Resolution.
5. Write their own short story that contains the 5 elements.
I love working with kids! I have 13 years of teaching experience, and I have taught in both traditional school settings and as a homeschool parent. I am passionate about helping kids at all levels of their reading and writing journey. It's so exciting when I see a student gain confidence as a reader/writer or when I can help a young aspiring writer achieve their dreams.

My writing experience includes writing copy for marketing materials, ghost writing for corporate executives, technical writing, writing newspaper articles, and writing instructions for digital technology applications. Managing a corporate internal newsletter was one of my favorite projects. I created the newsletter design, interviewed and wrote articles about team members, and managed the editing and submission process for all the contributors. As a hobby, I love to write short stories, poetry, and songs. I can't imagine my life without writing.

My education includes a BA in Communications and a Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication (MSTPC). Because I have completed 2 years of my BA and all of my MS classes online, I am skilled with the various aspects of online learning. I love using what I have learned to help kids become better at reading and writing.
There is homework assigned for lessons #1 and #2. Students should be able to complete their homework independently.

Lesson #1: Story Plot (worked on in class, but can be completed for homework)
Lesson #2: Mapping 5 Elements of a Plot worksheet completed in class; Short, 300 to 600 word story written for homework
Lesson #3: Short story is turned in and students may read their story to the class
 2 files available upon enrollment
SUPPLY LIST 1. Worksheets (These will be made available in the Outschool classroom and should be printed out before the first day of class.) 2. Paper and pencil. 3. Access to a printer and a scanner. Worksheets will need to be printed out. The scanner will be needed to scan completed worksheets and attach them in Outschool. 4. Optional: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or some other application the student can use to write their story. If the student does not have one of these options, they should hand write their story, scan it and attach it in Outschool.
Students will be assessed based on the completion of a short story written by them. Their story should include the 5 Elements of a Plot. Upon successful completion of the class they will have the following:
1. A certificate of completion
2. A short story written by the student
3. A sheet with feedback on their story
4. Two worksheets they can use for future story writing endeavors

2 hours 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Lisa Rohloff
Lives in the United States
Teacher and Writer
309 total reviews
324 completed classes

About Me

I love working with kids! I have 14 years of teaching experience and have taught in traditional school settings, online, and as a homeschool parent. I'm passionate about helping kids at all levels of their reading and writing journeys. I feel... 
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