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."