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Creative Writing Class for High School Help!! I am teaching Creative Writing for the first time to high school students and have no idea where to begin.  Does anyone have a course syllabus, unit plan, handouts, and lessons I can model my class after?  Any assistance is greatly appreciated!!  The sooner the better!!! Thank you in advance for everyone's help!!

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sarahc418 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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When getting students to do creative writing, I love to have them bring in objects that are important to them from home and then have them develop a piece incorporating that item. At first they list features of it, describe it, spend time with the item holding it etc. They do a lot of brainstorming in this stage. After that they develop a story or poem about why the item is important or a time the item was present at an important time in their lives etc. 

Another thing I like to do is bring in provocative pictures (a man dressed as santa driving a sailboat or a baby with two snakes in its crib etc) and having students create a story inspired by the photo. This is a good get kids started piece.

Good luck.

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A few ideas I have used successfully were to give students "beginnings" of stories, just a sentence or two to get them going and then ask them to complete the story and to have a story worked on serially, passing it around from one student to the next.  They seem to like this and it's a...

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I agree with littleteacher8. I am in the last term of 12th grade equivalent, and my writing wasnt that good until classes 9th-10th when I began to read seriously, lots of good stuff that had me enthralled and MADE ME KEEN ON WORDS AND THEIR POWER AND BEAUTY. 

After some time, I began to imitate writings of famous people. Then, I began to take notice of how they wrote, how they made a plot and how they developed and ended and how the characters were depicted and etc. It wasn't any formal teaching or training, just personal effort. But GOOD READING is v important, in the first place, I think.