Creative Writing Course: Unit Three "Short Story - The Hero's Journey"

Creative Writing Course: Unit Three "Short Story - The Hero's Journey"
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  1. This five-unit creative writing course which contains the following units with handouts, PowerPoint Presentations, Instructional techniques, Peer Critique forms, Rubrics for self- and teacher evaluation, and brainstorming activities. The Schedule outlines day-by-day lesson planning for each unit. Ev
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This five-unit creative writing course which contains the following units with handouts, PowerPoint Presentations, Instructional techniques, Peer Critique forms, Rubrics for self- and teacher evaluation, and brainstorming activities.  The Schedule outlines day-by-day lesson planning for each unit. Every unit builds upon the last unit's Learning Targets, and every unit ends with a lesson plan using a film to prepare students for the next unit. This high school curriculum can be taught at the middle school level. This is aligned to Common Core for English 9-10 & 11-12.

Unit Three: The Hero's Journey.  (Credit:writer Steven Barnes).  This unit builds upon the previous two units in creating a short story based on Steven Barnes' work "Lifewriting" using the Hero's Journey template.  Students learn ten-basic allegorical elements of the Hero's Journey through writing a short story. PowerPoint presentation demonstrate skills and technique, activities include whole class instruction and individual practice, and peer critique evaluation that implements student-to-student interaction.  Unit ends with preparation for next unit, "Video Production," by analyzing the film, "Be Kind, Rewind."

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Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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