Teaching Creative Writing (or Language Arts)? This continuing lesson is perfect for an activating strategy (or bell ringers) for 64 days. This is great for a semester! Each lesson is one chapter in my unpublished novel "Mugshots." Show the slide of the PowerPoint that has the day’s chapter. Students read silently as they enter the room and begin critiquing right away. Individual critique rubrics are included.
Instead of critiquing Shakespeare or evaluating peer writing, students are given the unique opportunity to judge semi-professional creative writing!
“Creative Writing” is one of my favorite electives to teach! Our students are the future Harper Lees, Robert Frosts, and J.K. Rowlings! I often share my writing- as a model and as a tool to critique.
I have written two novels but have not published either one. Maybe life got in the way. Maybe the novels were a bit undercooked. Regardless, my manuscripts are now serving a different purpose: to teach!
This product is based on my 64-chapter suspense novel, Mug Shots. It is a Young Adult novel that is completely appropriate for the 6th to 12th grade student (no profanity, no violence, no sex…). Your students will be able to read a chapter each day and critique. Some days you may choose to have your students work individually; other days you may have them collaborate. You can read whole chapters aloud and discuss as a class. There are many ways to use this product.
The novel is provided in both a PowerPoint format and a 74-page document (formerly a 120 page manuscript that I changed the margins, fonts and spacing to keep the copy numbers down). The PowerPoint is the easiest way to use this lesson as a continuing bell-ringer strategy.
The 74-page manuscript is for absent students- or if you find it is easier for back-of-the-class students to read from paper rather than the screen. (Teachers who buy this product have permission to make up to five copies per class that Mug Shots is used in- for as many years as you teach. Teachers are not allowed to distribute copies beyond their own classroom.)
Following the included lesson plan, the teacher uses the first chapter to model how to read and critique. An example critique is provided for chapter one. On the following 63 days, students will come in quickly and quietly, eager to read the next chapter, and ready to quietly critique. Bonus: No one can read ahead to spoil this story.
The class can discuss character development, dialogue, setting, voice, plot advancement, editing, revision, semicolons, etc. This works well with mini-lessons!
Feel free to send the critiques to the author (me!) at email@example.com. Thank you so much for buying this product.
Creative writing activities are aligned to the Common Core Writing Standards.
Most chapters are displayed on one slide of the PowerPoint for ease of use. I adjusted the line spacing and font in order to show one slide per day. Eight chapters- 7, 10, 39, 41, 42, 47, 49, 57- are continued onto the next slide.
The PowerPoint and manuscript are in READ ONLY format. Neither are editable. However, the lesson plan and critique can be changed to suit your needs.
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Thank you! ~ Kim Kroll