Creative Writing Unit Plan for Middle School

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been part of the whirlwind world of teaching middle school for 20 years. She has a Master of Education degree in instructional design.

Creative writing may not be as familiar to middle school students as literary analysis or essay writing. In this unit, students will engage in group writing, journaling, and writer's workshop to become confident and creative writers.

Creative Writing

Teaching creative writing can be an exciting whirlwind experience for both you and your students. In the middle school world, non-fiction is the primary focus of classroom writing. Therefore, a creative writing unit can provide a breath of fresh air. This unit guides students through a step-by-step sequence from applying the writing process to journaling and engaging in a writer's workshop. By the end, they'll be ready to flex their creative writing muscles in their own original piece of creative writing.


Start by introducing or reviewing the various writing styles to give students a context for understanding creative writing as a genre. Use this Writing Style Lesson Plan for a quick overview. Introduce or review the writing process, as well, with this Writing Process Lesson Plan which guides students through writing a story.

Next, frame student thinking by engaging them in a discussion of what creative writing entails. Use this Creative Writing Lesson Plan to introduce the concept and get them started on their writing journey.

Accommodate students who have difficulty with language by using this ESL Creative Writing Lesson Plan. This lesson plan is not only for students whose native language is not English. It can also be used to differentiate for students who have difficulty putting their thoughts onto paper.

Lastly, use this Narrative Writing Lesson Plan to get students familiar with the narrative nature of creative writing. This will serve as a foundation for understanding other types of creative writing throughout the unit.

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