Oz the Great and Powerful: Creative Writing Lesson Plan, Monday 6/25/13

As we have done with other great pieces of literature, we will examine a film today for plot, characters, and literary devices. Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi, produced by Joe Roth, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner. The film stars James Franco…

Writing Toward Home: Creative Writing Lesson Plan – Wednesday 6/19/13

Here are further thoughts on Creative Writing: Creative writing is any writing that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature, typically identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, character development, and the use of literary tropes. Due to the looseness of the definition, it is possible for writing…

Short-Stories: Creative Writing Lesson Plan – Tuesday 6/18/13

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”  Joseph Heller This collection of ten short stories,  Short-Stories [Kindle Edition] Various (Author), L. A. (Lemuel Arthur) Pittenger (Editor), was assembled nearly 100 years ago as a teaching aid. It “attempt[s] to present selections from a list of the greatest short-stories that have proved, in actual use, most beneficial…

Why Poems? Creative Writing Lesson Plan – Friday 6/14/13

We have been using multiple intelligences in this class. we read, speak, talk, write, interact. And one of our subtopics has been the connections between all art and creatibe writing. Continuing that discussion, film critic Jim Dalrymple writes that  Il Postino (1994) is the kind of film: that’s unwaveringly committed to its story, while somehow also…

Dead Poets Society: Creative Writing Lesson Plan – Thursday 6/13/13

Yesterday we watched Dead Poets Society and wrote and shared abut what the movie meant to each of us, as well as what we learned about poetry from the film. Todd Anderson and his friends at Welton Academy can hardly believe how different life is since their new English professor, the flamboyant John Keating, has…

Creative Writing Lesson Plan – Wednesday 6/12/13

A metaphor is a comparison between two things that replaces the word or name for one object with that of another. Unlike a simile, a type of analogy that uses “like” or “as” (you shine like the sun!), a metaphor does not use these two words (a famous line from Romeo and Juliet has Romeo…

Creative Writing Lesson Plan – Tuesday 6/11/13

Nice job yesterday. I really enjoyed meeting all of you and was impressed by the way you exhibited seriousness about this class and about your writing. Keep up that attitude and we will have a very fruitful summer session. REMINDERS: No electronic devices in class. There will be a quiz in class on Wednesday on…

Creative Writing Lesson Plan – Monday 6/10/13

“Perhaps then, someday in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. ” —Rainer Maria Riike, Letters To A Young Poet.   Welcome to Summer 2013 Creative Writing! NOTE: YOU WILL SEE DOZENS OF ENTRIES ON THIS SITE ABOUT LITERATURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. ONLY THOSE WITH THE CATEGORY…