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Creative Writing 2

Course Syllabus -- Spring Semester 2004

Ms. Rinaldi

Room 204
(303)698-6100 ext. 21411

jennifer_rinaldi@dpsk12.org

The goal of the Creative Writing course is to offer students the opportunity to express themselves in a wide variety of genres, techniques and approaches.  Students will be presented with examples of many different types of writing in the hope that each student will discover various modes of expression that inspire him or her.  With this in mind, students will be asked to complete daily assignments in the style being presented to "try it out."  However, despite being "forced" to write in various styles, respect for the students' individuality and personal choice has determined the structure of assignments.  The major grades for the course (40%) are based on the assignments that the students themselves choose to work on.  This allows each student tremendous freedom, but also requires strong individual responsibility.  The goal is for each and every student to learn valuable skills in the development and revision of writing, and therefore be able to create and express ideas in whatever form he or she chooses.

GENERAL CLASS STRUCTURE:

           Fridays are WORKSHOP days.  Workshop groups will meet and review the writing of one group member each week.

FIRST MARKING PERIOD:

WEEKS 1-2: 

  • Poems seeking TRUTH

  • Social conscience/Political poems

  • Specific to WAR
         

WEEKS 3-4:

  • Setting up scenes (play vs. screenplay) CHARACTER & SETTING

  • Comedic scenes

  • Dramatic scenes

WEEKS 5-6

  • Allegory

  • Children's stories

  • Personification (poetry)

WEEKS 7-8:

  • memory (memoir)

  • sense memory

  •  flashback

WEEK 9:  PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

SECOND MARKING PERIOD:

WEEKS 1-2: 

  • response poems/stories (news)

  • characters--people--fleshing them out

  • shifting perspective (inhabiting a character)

WEEKS 3-4:

  • relationship between poetry and art

  • Gertrude Stein

  • response to specific art (museum trip)

WEEKS 5-6:

  • spoken word

  • slam poetry

  • hip-hop (poetry, music, stories, graffiti, etc.)

WEEKS 7-8:

  • confessional poetry

  • "found" poems

  • creating a format for your poem

WEEK 9:  PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

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