Sense of Wonder 

Creative Writing Course Syllabus

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Course Objectives:  In this Creative Writing Course, you will complete a “fast fiction” piece that will be published/shared with your peers to enjoy. You will learn to express, discover, record, develop, and reflect on ideas as you problem solve, think outside of the box, and gain a passion for writing for fun, without losing sight of the professionalism and process that all writers go through in order to produce high-quality work. You will gain confidence in your ability to respond to a variety of creative writing opportunities, and see writing as an ongoing process rather than a single-moment in time assignment. 


Class Expectations: You will be expected to participate in weekly zoom lessons that include opportunities to receive direct instruction, practice new skills together, and work independently on homework assignments. You must respect due dates in this course in order to receive individualized feedback from the instructor. 


After Week 1, Office hours will be assigned to each class. 

  • Office hours are done by Zoom and you will have opportunities to meet with a teacher to receive individualized support. 

  • You may be required to attend office hours; your instructor will inform you ahead of time if this is the case. 


At the end, students will complete their own Flash Fiction and will get to share it with classmates!

Course A (January) : Flash Fiction 

Course B (February) : Creative Product Proposal

Course C (March) : Scriptwriting

Course D (April) : Mix & Match

Week

Concepts/Class

Week 1

Defining adjectives, verbs, and some figurative language devices. Identifying possible creative product proposals and selecting which one to focus on for the course.

Week 2

Continue to learn figurative language devices. Dissecting personally relevant advertisements in order to identify what works, and what doesn’t for product proposals/sell attempts. Begin writing creative proposals.

Week 3

Defining and creating simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia to support creative proposals that are in progress. Adding details to the writing assignment from last week.

Week 4

Focus on visual communication. Analyze ads, particularly in social media, print, or non-video formats. Expectations set for final assignment submission.





Writing of Great Books

Academic Writing Course Syllabus

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Course Objectives:  In this Academic Writing Course, using a pre-selected text, you will write a summary that demonstrates strong comprehension skills, an understanding of depth of character(s), and an ability to effectively use instructor feedback to improve their academic writing. You will also be encouraged to pay extra attention to appropriate use of capitalization and punctuation in your writing, meeting expectations of standard English grammar and mechanics. You will gain confidence in your ability to respond to a variety of academic writing prompts, and see writing as an ongoing process rather than a single-moment in time assignment. 


Class Expectations: This course will require you to complete reading the assigned text by the beginning of the 2nd class meeting. You will be expected to participate in weekly zoom lessons that include opportunities to receive direct instruction, practice new skills together, and work independently on homework assignments. You must respect due dates in this course in order to receive individualized feedback from the instructor.


After Week 1, Office hours will be assigned to each class. 

  • Office hours are done by Zoom and you will have opportunities to meet with a teacher to receive individualized support. 

  • You may be required to attend office hours; your instructor will inform you ahead of time if this is the case. 


  • Required Text (January)

    • Riding Freedom (4th/5th grade)

    • Rules (6th/7th/8th grade)

  • Required Text (February)

    • Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies (4th/5th grade)

    • Number the Stars by Luis Lowry (6th/7th/8th grade)

At the end, students will complete with a refined 4~5 paragraph analysis of the provided literature

Course A (January) :  Comprehension & Summarizing

Course B (February) :  Compare & Contrast

Course C (March) : Differential Analysis

Course D (April) : Audience Awareness


Week

Concepts/Class

Preparatory to 

Week One

Obtain pre-selected text and begin reading, at least halfway (or more). 

Week 1

Defining compare and contrast, using the Venn diagram as an organizational/planning tool.

Week 2

 Build on last week; comparing and contrasting characters in-depth, focusing on transition words and following an outline/structure. 

Week 3

Build on last week; comparing and contrasting conditions/situations/historical contexts, focusing on less tangible literary perspectives.

Week 4

Build on last week; Using comparing and contrasting to apply to a real-life context. Proofreading and editing based on feedback throughout the course.