The creative writing magnet allows students an opportunity to get in touch with their imagination and bring their inventive thoughts to life. Students will be exposed to many varieties of writing while experiencing teacher/student, self, and peer editing strategies. Students are encouraged to share ideas; no silence in our room! All while maintaining individuality and freedom of expression. Since we are diving into our innovative abilities, elements of figurative language are widely used in this class which allow students to produce quick-witted, clever writing. If students encounter writer's block, they are prompted to visit some of our classroom or online resources for inspiration. The freedom to take supervised personal time has proven to be successful.
Often students are asked to add an artistic element to accompany their writing. For example, creating a comic book or a story board to visualize their ideas.
The 6th grade magnet begins with much attention to the world of unconventional thinking and the ability to dig deeper into plot and character development.
The 7th grade magnet takes those foundational skills to the next level while introducing a new set of elements as they continue to find their individual style/voice in writing. Toward the end of 7th grade, writers will be given choices and free write options as they prepare to enter 8th grade.
The 8th grade creative writing students take their cumulative skills and embark on more mature topics and forms of expression. Some of their writing topics are freely chosen while adhering to the current project. This allows them to produce their best writing due to the practical knowledge they have gained in the 6th and 7th grade.
When appropriate, all creative writing students are given the opportunity to enter writing contests. The students are usually up for the challenge!