• Merrillville High School
    Course Scope & Sequence
    Creative Writing
    Instructor: St.Aubin


    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

    Welcome to Creative Writing!  I have outlined some expectations for the course in order to help you be a successful student in my class.  If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to ask me.


    In this class we will be focusing on writing in several different genres including poetry, plays, screenplays, short stories, essays, and novels.  Because this is an elective course, I am assuming you are here because you want to be here, and you will be expected to participate every day.  You will also be expected to share your writing with me and your peers on a regular basis.

    CLASS EXPECTATIONS  (A Nice Way of Saying “Rules”)


    A good little Pirate will…


    ·         come to class with his journal, notebook, a pen/pencil, and a positive attitude every day.

    ·         be in his seat and eager to learn before the bell rings.

    ·         be respectful when his teacher or classmates are speaking during lectures or class discussions.

    ·         sleep at home.  Enough said.

    ·         turn in all homework assignments at the beginning of the period.

    ·         check the area around his seat for any trash and throw it away before leaving the room.

    ·         remain in his seat until the bell rings.  Lining up at the door is for fourth graders.  You are big kids now.

    ·         drink only water during class and place the bottle in the trash when he is finished.

    ·         stay out from behind the teacher’s desk.  I know, it’s simple, but some people just don’t get it!

    ·         remember that food is for lunch period.  As a poor, starving teacher I tend to get pretty hungry, so if I see you munching on a tasty packet of M&M’s, I just might finish them for you!




    First things first.  If you miss class, you miss out.  You can’t expect to do well if you are not attending class.  If you must miss class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed while you were gone.  This means getting notes from a classmate, getting assignments you may have missed, and scheduling a time to make up a missed conference if necessary.


    Making up Homework


    Homework or other assignments that were missed due to an excused absence must be turned in within one day of the absence.  As listed in the student handbook, you have one day per each day that you missed to make up the work.  After this deadline, the work is considered late and will only receive half credit.



    In my class, being tardy means not being in your seat before the bell rings.  Just being in the room is not enough.  You must be seated. 




    Your grade will be based on several different criterion including participation, effort, completion of assignments by the deadline, and personal growth as a writer.  While I cannot judge your personal creative style, I will evaluate all final drafts based on whether or not they are “publishable.”  In this class, that means that it has undergone at least one revision, is free of spelling and grammatical errors, and is as good as you can make it. 


    Grades are broken down into the following categories:


    10% = In-class journals                                               10% =  Independent Writer’s Log

    10% = Participation                                                    45% =  Formal Writing Assignments

               (Peer groups, conferences, etc.)

    25% = Midterm/Final Project            


    I do my best to post grades each week.  If you would like to contact me regarding your grade, please do so either before or after class or by email.  I will not discuss grades during class time.






    Grading Scale:


    100-97% = A+                 89-87%= B+               79-77%= C+               69-67%= D+

       96-94%= A                   86-84%= B                  76-74%= C                  66-64%= D

       93-90%= A-                  83-80%= B-                73-70%= C-                63-60%= D-


                                                         59%- Below = F


    Final Exam


    In place of a final exam you will be required to submit a portfolio which you will compose throughout the course of the semester.  Although all students will try their hand at all of the genres we study in class, you will be expected to choose one genre that is of particular interest to you for your main focus. This means SAVE all of your work! The final project should show substantial thought and effort (meaning you must show me drafts at certain checkpoints throughout the trimester) and must meet the following minimum requirements:


    For Poetry:            You must submit at least five poems (related or non-related in theme). 


    For Short Stories:  You must submit at least three short stories of substantial length

                                   (3-5 pages each).  They may or may not share a related theme.

                                   You must also submit one paragraph (8-10 sentences) for

                                   each piece reflecting on the writing experience.


    For Memoir or

    Creative Nonfiction: You must submit one piece of a substantial length given


    For Novels:               You must submit working outline of your main ideas for the entire

                                       novel (in outline or storyboard form) as well as one chapter (10-12

                                       pages in length) from any point (beginning, middle, or end) of your



    For Drama:               You must submit two-to three scenes from your own original work.

    It must include character sketch of main characters as well as stage         directions.


    Course Description

    CREATIVE WRITING                                                                    

    Composition, a course based on Indiana's Academic Standards for English/Language Arts and emphasizing the High School Composition Standards, is a study and application of the rhetorical (effective) writing strategies for prose and poetry.  Using the writing process, students demonstrate a command of vocabulary, the nuances of language and vocabulary, English language conventions, an awareness of the audience, the purposes for writing, and the style of their own writing.  Creative Writing Project:   Students complete a project, such as a short story, a narrative or epic poem, a persuasive speech or letter, a book review, a script or short play, or other creative compositions, which demonstrates knowledge, application, and writing progress in the Creative Writing course content. 

    ·         Recommended Grade Level:  11 – 12

    ·         Recommended Prerequisites:   English 9, English 10, or teacher recommendation

    ·         Credits: 1 trimester course for 1 credit

    ·         Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

    ·         A Career Academic Sequence or Flex Credit course

    Instructional Content
    Activities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.