Syllabus

1. Course Description

Students learn to express and analyze their own thoughts through short stories, poems, essays, and plays. Class discussions analyze different writing styles so students can gain literary and creative insights. Daily written assignments are required, as well as weekly reading assignments. This course is strongly recommended for students with imagination who plan to enroll in college writing courses.

2. Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a clear, working understanding the writing process
  • Write in a variety of papers, poems essays, etc. addressing different people and for different purposes
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate concepts presented in literature to demonstrate comprehension
  • Use written and verbal communication skills to interact with others in a purposeful way; Understand effective communication process
  • Understand and use different skills to read and comprehend concepts from a variety of genres
  • Further develop an interest in reading and share their reading experiences with others

3. Resources / Skills

The following supplies can* be used in place of digital tools for the projects in this course:

  • Pen (blue or black ink)
  • Colored pen (for revising and editing)
  • Paper
  • Creative Writing Portfolio (for final project)
  • Notebook (for journal)

*Please note: it is entirely possible to complete all assignments using electronic forms of the above listed materials.

You will need to following programs in the course. Ask your advisor or see our website to download these. All have free versions available for Mac and PC.

  • Word Processor (Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Google Drive, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, NeoOffice etc.)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

You will also need the following technology skills to do this course.

  • Basic Word Processing
  • Digital Revising and Editing (optional)
  • Internet Searching
  • Basic Presentation and Graphic Layout

4. Grading Policy

This is a free course offered asynchronously for learners own benefit. As a result, grades have been removed from the assignments, however, rubrics are included with proficiency level descriptors. These descriptors correlate as follows:

A (Advanced) -- (90-100%) Consistently scored high; demonstrated exemplary abilities through scores earned on assessments. Student showed outstanding mastery of skills they were expected to learn in this course. Student could teach these skills to another.

B (Proficient) -- (80-89%) Consistently worked toward mastery of skills they were expected to learn in this course. Occasionally scored high; demonstrated adequate abilities through scores earned on assessments. Student shows proficient mastery of skills they were expected to learn in this course. Student can apply the skills to many contexts.

C (Standard) -- (70-79%) Demonstrated average abilities through scores earned on assessments. Student showed average mastery of skills they were expected to learn in this course. Student was able to do the skill at least once, but may not be able to apply it to other situations.

NC (Not Complete) -- (69% or below) Opted out of opportunities to redo assignments to show mastery of assignments. Failed or scored below average; failed to demonstrate mastery of the skills taught through scores on assessments.

Additionally, my general grading policy includes:

"Re-dos" -- Any assessments of "poor quality or incomplete status” may be REDONE for higher credit. Students who choose to re-do work that is below the proficient level will need to discuss with their instructor what they plan to do differently in order to improve.

Practice -- Any assignment that is designed to prepare you for the assessments. These are worth 0% of your final grade.

Assessment -- Any assignment that assesses or determines the level of understanding you have of the topic, concept, or skill being taught. These are worth 100% of your final grade.

If you are a creative writing instructor and would like copies of these assignments with graded rubrics, please feel free to contact me.

6. Instructional Cues

Direct Instruction:

These boxes indicate areas where skills are being taught or explained. This could include definitions, examples, or resources that will help you to understand the skills being focused on in that unit. This is your online teacher.

Rubric / Grading:

These boxes indicate information that will tell you how you will be graded on an assessment or question.

Hint:

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Last modified: Saturday, 18 April 2015, 11:35 PM