Unit 1: The Writer's Toolbox

Overview

Throughout this introductory unit, you will learn how to avoid writer's block by prompting ideas, develop your own writer's voice by examining how language is considered and crafted, create complex characters and experiment with different perspectives. You will enhance your skills further by researching established authors, refining proofreading, revision, and reflection skills, and learning how to avoid plagiarism. Lastly, throughout the entire unit, you will learn how to collaborate effectively with your teacher and peers to support and celebrate both your own - and their - growth as a writer.

Unit 2: Narrative Fiction

Overview

Storytelling is as older than recorded human history, and while storytelling is an art, there is method to it. In this unit, you will learn how to write your own narratives by enhancing your ability to craft engaging and relevant settings, plots, characters and themes. You will expert with different perspectives and learn why a story's size does (and doesn't!) matter as you condense and expand your developing narratives. After you research a narrative author, you will write a longer short story and reflect on your learning. Throughout the unit, you will be proofreading and revising your own work and collaborating with your peers to develop the most effective narrative possible.

Unit 3: Poetry

Overview

Whether they clap or snap, rhyme or free-form, poetry provides writers with a chance to hone their skills in a form that is as celebrated today as it was thousands of years ago. In this unit, you will learn what makes a poem a poem (it's not as clear cut as you might think!) by reviewing poetic forms and styles. After researching established poets, you will learn about, and write in, three distinct poetic styles: confession, reconstruction, and altered state, before selecting and polishing your preferred poems into a mini-portfolio. Rather than the more traditional model of writing poetry based on formal, traditional, or canonized components, you will write poetry from particular perspectives. Throughout the unit, you will proofread and revise your own work, as well as collaborate with your peers to develop the most poignant poems possible.

Unit 4: Drama

Overview

Whether for a live performance or recorded show, dramatic scripts draw you into situations and scenarios that range from the normal to the fantastical. In this unit, you will learn how to write a variety of different scripts. After reviewing key concepts and forms as well as analysing authors, you will craft monologues, dialogues, and performance-ready pieces. Throughout the unit, you will proofread and revise your own work while collaborating with your peers to develop the most enticing scripts possible.

Unit 5: Creative Non-Fiction Writing

Overview

While 'based on a true story' doesn't necessary mean it's true, there's truth in the claim that, often, the best stories are real. In this unit, you will learn about various forms of creative non-fiction writing, while you delve into your own and others' experiences. You will develop your own personal narrative, enhance your persuasion techniques, and experiment with various forms of non-fiction writing (including exposition). Throughout the unit, you will proofread and revise your own work and collaborate with your peers to develop the most engaging non-fiction pieces possible.

Unit 6: Culminating Unit

Overview

This is the final culminating activity for our course. After learning about copyright and publishing processes, you will complete, polish, and submit your writing portfolio.

Unit 6 Activities

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