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Creative Writing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Boost your instruction on creative writing with the help of a Study.com video lesson and fun classroom activity. To take this topic further, consider the optional supplementary activities and related lessons.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define creative writing
  • list the elements of creative writing
  • compose an original work of creative writing
  • analyze the creative writing of a peer

Length

1 hour

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.5

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 6 here.)

Key Vocabulary

  • Character development
  • Plot development
  • Vivid setting
  • Underlying theme
  • Point of view
  • Dialogue
  • Anecdotes
  • Metaphors and similes
  • Figures of speech
  • Imaginative language
  • Emotional appeal
  • Heavy description

Instructions

  • Begin by asking students to brainstorm different examples of creative writing. As they come up with examples, write them on the board.
  • Next, have students watch the Study.com video lesson What is Creative Writing? - Definition, Types & Examples, pausing at 1:31.
  • Do the examples of creative writing the students suggested match up with those listed in the video lesson? If not, have students identify the ones that they missed and add those to the list on the board.
  • Have the students watch the remainder of the video lesson.
  • As the students are watching the video lesson, write the following terms on the board:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

PLOT DEVELOPMENT

VIVID SETTING

UNDERLYING THEME

POINT OF VIEW

DIALOGUE

ANECDOTES

METAPHORS AND SIMILES

FIGURES OF SPEECH

IMAGINATIVE LANGUAGE

EMOTIONAL APPEAL

HEAVY DESCRIPTION

  • Next, review the meaning of the terms listed on the board with the class.
  • Explain to the students that they will be composing an example of creative writing on their own. Have students select to write either a poem or a song that integrates examples of each of the elements written on the board.
  • When all the students have finished their individual work of creative writing, have them swap papers. They will then underline the examples of each of the elements of creative writing listed on the board in the work of their classmate. Any missing elements should be listed on the paper as well so students can revise.
  • Finally, have students revise their original works, if needed, based on the peer review.

Extensions

  • Have students find three examples of creative writing and compare and contrast them in an essay.
  • Ask students to use social media to find virtual examples of creative writing. Do these examples demonstrate the same qualities as the creative writing discussed in the video lesson?

Related Lessons

Creative Writing Prompts

Creative Writing Exercises for Beginners

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