Creative Writing: Adventures Through Time Course Syllabus

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  • Creative Writing: Adventures Through Time Course Syllabus

    Lesson Title Concepts, Content Objectives, and Skill Objectives

    1 Character Composition

    Concepts and Content Objectives Definitions and features of the Six Threads of Characterization: thoughts, physicality,

    actions, speech, other characters, and family and origins

    Definition of a character trait

    Definition of character motivation

    Skill Objectives Identify and develop the threads of characterization, motivations, and traits for at least

    two original characters

    Identify specific details to convey the threads of characterization Write a GUDE sentence (Good Grammar, Complete Understanding, Correct

    Definition, and Excellent Examples) Analyze different choices for character details (the Six Threads), motivations, and

    traits and make a judgment about which choices work better

    Design a character using the Six Threads of Characterization and a character trait

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  • Creative Writing: Adventures Through Time Course Syllabus

    Lesson Title Concepts, Content Objectives, and Skill Objectives

    2 Creating Character Concepts and Content Objectives Definitions of virtue; flaw; key actions; protagonist; antagonist; stock or flat characters;

    round, static, and dynamic characters; and heart-clutching moments

    Skill Objectives Identify the difference between a virtue and a flaw, a protagonist and an antagonist, a

    stock or flat character and a round character, and a static character and a dynamic character

    Determine the level of the stakes given a characters motivation

    Express the relationship between motivation, traits, key actions, and consequences

    Design a character using the Six Threads of Characterization, a character trait, motivation, and key action

    Transform a flat character into a round character

    Experiment with the Six Threads, motivations, traits, and key actions to create a character who responds to a plot problem.

    Draft a scene or story with round characters whose traits and motivations are clear and lead to key actions

    Write a GUDE sentence (Good Grammar, Complete Understanding, Correct Definition, and Excellent Examples)

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    Lesson Title Concepts, Content Objectives, and Skill Objectives

    3 Setting Concepts and Content Objectives The Six Signposts of Setting:

    o The city, state, country, or region (if applicable) and the location o The geography/topography o The time period in which the story is set, including the particular year o The season (or whether it spans several seasons) and the weather o The time of day (if a short story) o The time span (Is it in an instant? Does it span a few hours? Does it cover

    several years?)

    The elements of the five senses as the basis for descriptive language and setting The definitions of the terms zeitgeist, anachronism, and mood as they relate to setting

    Skill Objectives Create a scene for a story using the Six Signposts of Setting

    Analyze elements of plot, characterization, and setting as elements for cause-and-effect interdependencies

    Draw connections between setting and plot setting

    Identify the mood of a setting

    Establish mood through sensory detail and diction

    Write a GUDE sentence (Good Grammar, Complete Understanding, Correct Definition, and Excellent Examples)

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    Lesson Title Concepts, Content Objectives, and Skill Objectives

    4 Plot Concepts and Content Objectives The definitions of the terms plot, catalyst, foreshadowing, and cause and effect

    The five types of conflict: o a character versus another character o a character versus nature o a character versus the supernatural o a character versus society o a character versus himself/herself

    The parts of a traditional plot diagram and definitions of each section: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement/resolution

    Skill Objectives Identify parts of a plot

    Trace cause and effect within literature

    Explain how foreshadowing works in literature

    Create a story line illustrating some of the five types of conflict with motivation-driven characters

    Write a GUDE sentence (Good Grammar, Complete Understanding, Correct Definition, and Excellent Examples)

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    Lesson Title Concepts, Content Objectives, and Skill Objectives

    5 Point of View Concepts and Content Objectives The features of different types of point of view:

    o First person o Second person o Third person objective o Third person omniscient o Third person close or limited

    Definitions of diction, syntax, and bias and how each connects to point of view

    Skill Objectives Identify point of view in literary passages

    Write scenes in a predetermined point of view

    Change a story from one point of view to another and describe the differences

    Identify bias in ones own writing

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    Lesson Title Concepts, Content Objectives, and Skill Objectives

    6 Midterm Exam Concepts and Content Objectives The expectations of the midterm exam

    Skill Objectives Analyze literary passages using terms of characterization, setting, plot, and point of

    view

    Identify areas of writing strength

    Identify areas for improvement of writing

    Establish and meet writing goals for characterization, setting, plot, or point of view

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    Lesson Title Concepts, Content Objectives, and Skill Objectives

    7 Revision of Plot and Setting

    Concepts and Content Objectives The definition of revision, a complex, multi-step process

    The 10,000 hours theory of practice for excellence The definition of satisfying stories and endings

    Plot formulas such as the Check Mark Plot Structure or The Heros Journey model

    The elements of the Story Rubric to guide revision

    Skill Objectives Map the plot of their story

    Identify whether the storys plot is boring, unrealistic, or predictable

    Revise the plot based on changes to the setting and vice versa

    Revise the plot without altering character motivation

    Revise the plot while maintaining the storys original ending

    Expand the setting in a single scene

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    Lesson Title Concepts, Content Objectives, and Skill Objectives

    8 Revision of Character and Point of View

    Concepts and Content Objectives The definition of revision as re-seeing, or looking at a piece of writing in a new way,

    in order to make changes to it The understanding of revision as a complex, multi-step process

    The elements of the Story Rubric to guide revision

    Skill Objectives Refine characters motivations and revise to make characters more complex

    Alter a storys point of view, providing a different perspective on characters via new and/or rewritten scenes

    Develop clear revision goals and meet them

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    Lesson Title Concepts, Content Objectives, and Skill Objectives

    9 Dialogue and Elements of Style

    Concepts and Content Objectives The features of good dialogue, including conflict and character traits Dialogues features of tags Definitions of the elements of style:

    o Diction (word choice) o Rhythm o Sentence structure o Sentence variety o Figurative language o Dialect o Tone

    The differences between direct versus descriptive writing style

    Skill Objectives Analyze ones original piece of dialogue according to features of good dialogue Create a style profile describing the style of an artist/musician/chef/designer Analyze excerpts of writing to distinguish direct versus descriptive writing style Match appropriate diction to a character in order to describe style Revise elements of style such as figurative language or sentence structure Conduct a meta-cognitive style inventory to understand ones own literary style Develop realistic, interesting, and motivation-driven dialogue that advances the plot Identify character traits and motivations as expressed by a sample dialogue

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    Lesson Title Concepts, Content Objectives, and Skill Objectives

    10 Editing and Publishing

    Concepts and Content Objectives The definitions for concision and editing for wordiness, clarity, and diction

    Publications as potential venues for work

    The elements of an effective query letter

    Skill Objectives Edit sentences by eliminating wordiness, increasing clarity, and identifying

    appropriate diction

    Identify publications that might want to publish work based on the readership and publication focus

    Write a query letter

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