EN 311 Creative Writing
F1T 2008 DLA
Pollock, William W.
M.A. Counseling PsychologyB.B.A. Management
Central Time Zone - Texas
As requested and required
18 August to 12 October 2008
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My philosophy of learning is based on my love of teaching. I remind my students that they are the reason I am a part of their class and it is always good hearing from them. I try always to make the learning experience meaningful, challenging, and enjoyable. I encourage my students to relate the assigned material with their professional and personal lives.
I attained my degrees through weekend and night classes while in the United States Marine Corps, which gives me an understanding and empathy for students who hold down full-time jobs while seeking learning excellence.
I enjoy discussions with students, challenging them to think critically, while being always sensitive to not capitalize the free-flow of thoughts among their classmates. I believe in the proactive mode of teaching; urging my students to reason, think, and express their ideas, based of the text materials.
I have a passion for thorough research and study of the subjects I teach, and try to motivate students towards that same passion. Getting to know and learn with my students is always a delight for me and I strive to make it so for them.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Course assessment will primarily focus on the Creative Portfolio, including the submission of a final draft and 2 practice drafts. You will also be assessed on in-class writing, an interactive reading log, a Creative Writing Journal, and a Final Exam. Below are the percentages given for each activity:
Final Draft **
Practice draft 1 **
Practice draft 2 **
8 at 10 pts each
15 at 4 pts each
8 at 10 pts each
2 at 15 points each
20 total pts
Total Points available
**These two elements (Creative Final Draft and Practice Drafts) comprise the core learning assessment and cover all three of the CLOs.
Breakdown of Course Assessment:
Creative Final Draft: 60 points
The Creative Final Draft will be assessed on a scale of 15-0 in five different categories, Character, Setting, Plot, Style and Format. A score of 15 is “excellent,” a score of 0 is poor. A rubric of how the Final Creative Draft will be assessed is provided in Doc Sharing.
Practice Drafts: 2 drafts at 20 points each
When you turn in practice drafts, you will receive a full 20 points for submitting them, for a total of 60 points. This is a completion grade. If you fail to submit a practice draft, there is no make up of points. No grading Rubric is required. All drafts must be submitted in Word through the dropbox. A Word email attachment is okay, but no drafts sent as or within an email will be accepted.
You are encouraged to proofread each draft. Points may be taken off drafts that contain many grammatical errors that make it difficult to read.
Peer-Response/Discussion Threads: 8 at 10 points each
Under Doc Sharing you will find a grading rubric for peer-response/discussion. You will also find a scale of how you will be scored on this portion of the class. Also, under “Class Participation in the Online Learning Environment,” you will find my requirements for online discussions. Review those components carefully before engaging in discussion threads.
In-class Writing: 15 at 4 points each
Over the next 8 weeks, you will post a total of 15 in-class writings. You will post 2 writings a week, for a total of 8 points each week. The final week you will be required to only post 1 in-class writing worth 4 points that week. You will receive 4 points for each assignment completed, for a total of 60 points. This is a completion grade. If you fail to complete an in-class writing assignment, there is no make up of points. No grading Rubric is required.
Discussion and Reading Response: 8 at 10 points each
The Reading Discussion Thread requires you post 8 responses. Each response is worth 10 points for a total of 80 points. If your reading postings are too short or incomplete, you can lose points on them. To receive a full 10 points, you must post a response to the reading as well as post responses to classmates. You also must comment on two other students' replies. A grading rubric is available under Doc Sharing.
Peer Review: 2 at 15 points each
Peer review requires you respond, twice a semester, to a draft written by a co-student. Rubric provided below.
Creative Journal: 8 at 10 points each
The Creative Journal requires you post 8 responses. Each response is worth 10 points for a total of 80 points. If your journal postings are too short or incomplete, you can lose points on them. A grading rubric is available under Doc Sharing.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
You will lose 2 points a day for late papers. However, if drafts are over a week late, you may get them returned without comments. If you habitually turn in work late, you will lose 10% off your final grade.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Demonstrate your leadership characteristics.
· Be courteous and respectful of all colleagues.
·Be positive and have confidence in yourself.
Class Discussions Directions
Each student brings different life experiences, points of view, and ways of knowing to our classroom and our learning environment. Everyone should plan to become an active member of the learning community.
1. forming supportive and inquiring relationships with other students in the class through postings to one another, sharing points of view, and providing encouragement and constructive critique,
2. reading the assigned readings before beginning your assignments and online development, and
3. applying readings to the virtual discussions and course development.
Required discussions will take place weekly. However, you are also required to complete the Introductions discussion during week 1.
Discussions are completed in two steps
1. First you must make an online posting by Thursday at midnight of each week addressing the discussion assignment for the week.
2. Then by Sunday at midnight you must respond to another students posting.
NO late submissions are allowed.
Learn the Craft
Using Metaphor and Descriptions: Learn the Craft
Create A Character
Constructing a Complex and Sympathetic Character...Don't Write a Wimp
1. Compose and manipulate elements of creative writing: characterizations, setting, plot, conflict, time structure and dialogue.
2. Develop and employ a lively, descriptive style that makes use of some metaphor and symbolism.
3. Follow the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, proof-reading and formatting.
Conflict and Struggle
Adding Conlict and Struggle...Build Tension and Excitement
1. Compose and manipulate elements of creative writing: characterizations, setting, plot, conflict, time structure, and dialogue.
Build A Plot
Adding Crisis, Action and Resolution
Select a Setting
Employing Setting as Metaphor and Symbol
2nd Draft due
Writing Realistic and Engaging Dialogue
Revise and Edit
Taking Time to Revise and Edit
3. Follow the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, proof-reading and formatting
Submit Your Story and Take the Final Exam
Pulling it Together in a Final Draft
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