• Course Fees for LISD Students

    Course fee if taken outside the school day:

    Creative Writing - Semester A Credit - $150.00

    Course fee if taken within the school day:

    Creative Writing - Semester A Credit - $0.00


    Teacher: Ms. Linda Black

  • Course Prerequisites

    Recommendation: Successful completion of English I

    Course Description

    Creative Writing is an English elective course that focuses on the exploration of short fiction and poetry, culminating in a written portfolio that includes one revised short story and three to five polished poems. You draft, revise, and polish fiction and poetry through writing exercises, developing familiarity with literary terms and facility with the writing process as you study elements of creative writing.

    Elements of fiction writing explored in this course include attention to specific detail, observation, character development, setting, plot, and point of view. In the poetry units, you learn about the use of sensory details and imagery, figurative language, and sound devices including rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. You will also explore poetic forms ranging from found poems and slam poetry to traditional sonnets and villanelles.

    In addition to applying literary craft elements in guided creative writing exercises, you will engage in critical reading activities designed to emphasize the writing craft of a diverse group of authors. You will study short stories by authors such as Bharati Mukherjee and Edgar Allan Poe, learning how to create believable characters and develop setting and plot. Likewise, you will read poetry by canonical greats such as W. B. Yeats and Emily Dickinson as well as contemporary writers such as Pablo Neruda, Sherman Alexie, and Alice Notley. Studying the writing technique of a range of authors provides you with models and inspiration as you develop their own voice and refine your understanding of the literary craft.

    By taking a Creative Writing course, you find new approaches to reading and writing that can affect you on a personal level, as the skills you gain in each lesson directly benefit your own creative goals.

    Required Assignments, Exams, and Projects

    You will participate in a variety of activities in this course:  discussions, peer reviews, practices, journal writing, quizzes and exams.  You'll also attend required "live" sessions with your teacher and classmates.


    You will have the opportunity to collaborate with each other and your teacher using websites like Zoom and Google and by participating in forums . These tools allow you to build community in the online classroom and share learning and experiences that enable all you to be productive 21st century learners.

    Grading Guidelines:

    This course is delivered using the Apex Learning Management System that uses a running point grading system. Your grades will include quizzes, journals, practices, forums, live class sessions, computer-graded tests, teacher-graded tests, and projects.

    Semester grades will be based on your completed quality of work grade prior to taking your semester exams. Exam averages will be based on a combined average of a computer-graded exam (50%) and a teacher-graded exam (50%).

    The final semester average is based upon LISD grading guidelines and will consist of the semester grade (85%) and the exam average (15%). By Lewisville ISD grading guidelines, you must pass the final exam and have a course grade of at least 70% to pass the course. All semester exams are proctored.

    Late Work Guidelines:

    All work within a module is due by the module end date (see pacing guide for specific dates).

    • Work submitted the first day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 70;
    • Work submitted the second day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 60; and
    • Work submitted the third day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 50.
    • Module Close: Modules will lock down 72 hours after the end date. You may not submit work for credit after the module has closed. Any zeros remaining when the module closes will remain as zeros in the grade book.


    If a student earns a grade below a 70 on a major grade, the teacher will reteach, then reassess. In order to receive reassessment options, you must turn in major grade assignments within a module by the module end date. After the reteach/reassess, the higher of the two grades will be assigned, with the maximum possible score of 70.

    Required Resources

    You should have access Microsoft Word or Google Docs.  We will use Google Docs for teacher feedback and peer review.

    Technical Requirements

    Technical System Requirements: PC or MAC preferred

    Minimum Bandwidth Required: 128K

    Video Player: Quicktime; VLC Player

    Plug-ins:  Java 10 or higher; Adobe Reader 6 or higher

    Student must be able to download files: Yes

    Software needed to complete this course: Microsoft Word or access to the appropriate Google documents that serve similar purposes.

    Pop-Up blocker:  Off

    Caching:  Off

    Browser compatibility: Mozilla Firefox 7 or higher preferred; Google Chrome 11 or higher; Internet Explorer 8 or higher.

    Services for You with Special Needs

    For students with an IEP/504 Plan, we provide accommodations listed to meet the student’s needs. Many accommodations are built into our courses (extended time on assignments, flexible exam setting). Accommodations that are not already built into the course may still be met through individualizing the presentation, providing guided notes, live teaching/tutorial sessions, phone contact, and one-on-one conversations.

     Course Syllabus