Creative Writing

Course Description:

Creative Writing is an English elective course that focuses on the exploration of short fiction and poetry, culminating in a written portfolio that includes one revised short story and three to five polished poems. Students draft, revise, and polish fiction and poetry through writing exercises, developing familiarity with literary terms and facility with the writing process as they study elements of creative writing.

Elements of fiction writing explored in this course include attention to specific detail, observation, character development, setting, plot, and point of view. In the poetry units, students learn about the use of sensory details and imagery, figurative language, and sound devices including rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. They also explore poetic forms ranging from found poems and slam poetry to traditional sonnets and villanelles.

In addition to applying literary craft elements in guided creative writing exercises, students engage in critical reading activities designed to emphasize the writing craft of a diverse group of authors. Students study short stories by authors such as Bharati Mukherjee and Edgar Allan Poe, learning how to create believable characters and develop setting and plot. Likewise, students read poetry by canonical greats such as W. B. Yeats and Emily Dickinson as well as contemporary writers such as Pablo Neruda, Sherman Alexie, and Alice Notley. Studying the writing technique of a range of authors provides students with models and inspiration as they develop their own voices and refine their understanding of the literary craft.

By taking a Creative Writing course, students find new approaches to reading and writing that can affect them on a personal level, as the skills they gain in each lesson directly benefit their own creative goals. Students who are already actively engaged writers and readers learn additional tools and insight into the craft of writing to help them further hone their skills and encourage their creative as well as academic growth.

All English elective content is based on the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Creative Writing
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Creative Writing
Course Provider : Ann Arbor Public Schools
Content Provided By : Apex Learning Inc.
Online Instructor Provided By : Ann Arbor Public Schools
Standards Addressed : Michigan Merit Curriculum, National Collegiate Athletic Association
Alignment Document :
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Semester, Trimester
Subject Area : English Language and Literature
Course Identifier : Creative Writing
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website :
Email : [email protected]
Phone : 1-734-997-1208

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $0.0

Additional Cost Description: None

Course Objectives: Creative Writing

Analyze Short Fiction:

The student will be able to:

Recognize the characteristics of creative writing, including use of sensory details, awareness of audience, and carefully chosen language.

Identify elements of direct and indirect characterization in fiction.

Identify the characteristics of reliable and unreliable narrators in short fiction.

Identify first-, second-, and third-person point of view in fiction.

Identify omniscient, limited, and stream-of-consciousness narration in short fiction.

Identify elements of setting, tone, and atmosphere in short fiction.

Analyze the effects of conflict, tension, action, and foreshadowing in short fiction.

Differentiate between active and passive language.

Identify the elements of a story arc or plot in a short story, including rising action, falling action, and dénouement.

Identify the effects of pacing in short fiction, including flashbacks and flash-forwards.

Analyze the effectiveness of dialogue in terms of its effects on character and plot in short fiction.

Identify the characteristics of flash fiction.

Differentiate between short fiction and creative nonfiction.

Write Short Fiction:

The student will be able to:

Create an original work of short fiction that demonstrates an understanding of plot, characterization, setting, and pacing.

Select an appropriate point of view to use in creating an original work of short fiction.

Create believable, correctly structured dialogue in an original work of short fiction.

Choose and implement revision techniques for larger-scale flow, character consistency, plot, structure, and style in an original work of short fiction.

Analyze Poetry:

The student will be able to:

Differentiate between poetry and prose.

Identify the characteristics of poetry, including sound, line, image, and structure.

Analyze the effects of compressed language and vivid imagery in poetry.

Differentiate between a word's connotation and its denotation and discuss the effects of connotation and denotation in poetry.

Define the literary terms metaphor, simile, personification, synesthesia, metonymy, alliteration, assonance, symbol, and allusion.

Analyze the use of figurative language, alliteration, assonance, symbolism, and allusion in poetry.

Identify the characteristics of rhyme and rhyming patterns in poetry.

Analyze the effects of rhythm and meter in poetry.

Explain how line breaks and lengths, end words and enjambment, stanzas and stanza breaks, and syllabic and metrical counts affect a poem's musical qualities.

Analyze the effects of tone in poetry.

Identify the characteristics of narrative, lyric, and prose poetry, as well as the specific forms of the ode, nocturne, aubade, and two-voiced poem.

Identify the characteristics of metrical and rhymed forms, including the heroic couplet, terza rima, and the sonnet.

Write Poetry:

The student will be able to:

Write poems that demonstrate an understanding of the effects of word choice, figurative language, rhyme, meter, tone, structure, and form on the poem's meaning.

Choose and apply revision techniques to edit for word choice, compression, fresh language, and vivid imagery in original poems.

Choose and apply revision techniques to refine the relationship between form and content in original poems.

Develop a selection of revised and polished poems using all of the craft techniques studied throughout the course.

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Review Conducted By: Apex Learning Inc.
Date of Review: 08/15/2014


Lesson 1: Get Excited about Writing!

Lesson 2: Who Are You Anyway? Developing a Character

Lesson 3: Who's on First? Establishing a Point of View

Lesson 4: Stable and Shifting Vantage Points

Lesson 5: Wrap-Up: Introduction to Creative Writing and Fiction, Part 1

Lesson 6: Diagnostic


Lesson 1: You Are Here: Getting Inside the Setting

Lesson 2: Action! Plot, Part 1

Lesson 3: Story Arc: Plot, Part 2

Lesson 4: Time Is on Your Side

Lesson 5: Wrap-Up: Fiction, Part 2

Lesson 6: Diagnostic


Lesson 1: Dialogue in Fiction

Lesson 2: Fiction Forms: Flash Fiction and the Vignette

Lesson 3: Truthful Lies and Imagined Truth: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Lesson 4: Revise, Revise, Revise!

Lesson 5: Wrap-Up: Fiction, Part 3

Lesson 6: Diagnostic


Lesson 1: What Makes a Poem a Poem?

Lesson 2: The Image Inside Imagination

Lesson 3: Make It Strange and New: Figurative Language

Lesson 4: Loaded Images and Power Objects

Lesson 5: Wrap-Up: Poetry, Part 1

Lesson 6: Diagnostic


Lesson 1: Poet's Toolbox: Sounds

Lesson 2: Poet's Toolbox: Rhyming

Lesson 3: Poet's Toolbox: Rhythm

Lesson 4: Poet's Toolbox: Lines, Sentences, and Stanzas

Lesson 5: Wrap-Up: Poetry, Part 2

Lesson 6: Diagnostic


Lesson 1: Building Connection, Feeling, and Inference

Lesson 2: Free Verse and Open Forms

Lesson 3: Getting Familiar with Formal Poetry

Lesson 4: Revise! Revise! Revise!

Lesson 5: Wrap-Up: Poetry, Part 3

Lesson 6: Diagnostic


Lesson 1: Creative Writing Wrap-Up

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 08/08/2023 09/08/2023 09/08/2023 08/28/2023 01/18/2024 33 $350 $0
Trimester 02/15/2024 03/15/2024 03/15/2024 03/11/2024 06/12/2024 33 $350 $0
Semester 11/01/2023 02/02/2024 02/02/2024 01/22/2024 06/12/2024 33 $350 $0
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Students that do not earn a grade of at least 60% in the course by the end date of the course are not considered course completions. Semester 08/08/2023 09/08/2023
Students that do not earn a grade of at least 60% in the course by the end date of the course are not considered course completions. Trimester 02/15/2024 03/15/2024
Students that do not earn a grade of at least 60% in the course by the end date of the course are not considered course completions. Semester 11/01/2023 02/02/2024
Students submit assignments and receive asynchronous feedback via a secure message center and online discussion boards. A2 Virtual+ online teachers respond to student questions within one school day, and grade and return student homework with meaningful formative feedback within three school days. A2 Virtual+ online teachers and guidance staff continually monitor student progress and reach out to students and local mentors if students appear to be struggling or off pace.
School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
22-23 40 33 82.5%
21-22 51 32 62.75%
19-20 20 18 90.0%
18-19 17 17 100.0%
17-18 14 9 64.29%