Creative Writing by

Barbara J. Moran


Course Description: Most high school teachers, even English teachers, do not have a background in Creative Writing. This course provides materials to make up for that lack. It implements state and national goals and standards through a semester of lessons in poetry, fiction, and drama, including teacher presentation materials, student handouts, methods of responding to student assignments, and assessment. Teacher materials include models of each assignment task, suggestions for methods of presentation, and a full explanation of evaluation and assessment tools. Student writing skills will improve by an incremental buildup of paced lessons. Sample poetry skills include matters of form such as traditional vs. free verse; figurative language such as metaphor, hyperbole, and many more; sound devices like assonance, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. In fiction students create sketches for setting, point of view, character, and more culminating in the creation of a short story.

After intense study of the functions of dialogue and stage directions, the class members write a one act play. All semester work is revised, edited, proofread, and collected into an anthology of each student’s best work of the semester. This course will supply a new teacher or one with a new teaching assignment or one who wants to inject some creative assignments into his repertoire a wide variety of selections and strong support.

Testimonial #1: "Creative writing classes often attract students with very different skill levels making it difficult to adapt lessons to the needs of each student. This text solves the problem. Every student can complete the sequenced activities with a degree of success, while the more skilled students are challenged to their potential. Her students have won local, state and national awards for their writings which began with the lessons in this text. Ms. Moran's creativity and knowledge of this course make this book useful for first year teachers as well as veterans; both will find provocative and imaginative lessons ready to implement." -- Diane Maurer, English department head, L'Anse Creuse High School, Harrison Twp., MI

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Teacher Manual & Student Activities Book: 798 pages

Table of Contents:

  1. Come to Your Senses
  2. Copy Change Poem
  3. Found Poem
  4. School Memory Poem
  5. How Free is Free Verse?
  6. Junque Poem or Colors or House
  7. Delightful Lies Poem or The Lost Sense
  8. Honey and Salt/Carl Sandburg Poem
  9. Warnings! Poem or Halloween
  10. Arts and Crafts Poem


  1. Setting Sketch
  2. From Fact to Fiction Sketch
  3. Dialogue Sketch
  4. Character Sketch
  5. Point-of-View Sketch
  6. Conflict/Plot Sketch
  7. Short Story
  8. One Act Play
  9. Portfolio


Testimonial #2: "Creative Writing, by Barbara Moran has been a great teaching tool.  The Teacher's Edition contains enough material for the entire semester.  The lesson and unit plans are organized and easy to follow.  The assess-ments were challenging and thought provoking.  The Activites Book contained useful samples and creative activities for the students.  The Class Notes were very helpful in presenting the material." Jane Turner, Western Intl. School, Detroit, MI

These instructional support materials (available in print or eBook versions), regularly updated, cover the complete course (at regular, honors, AP and IB levels), whether it be semester, year or 2-year (IB) with daily support for all aspects of instruction. The Teacher’s Edition includes a syllabus; correlation to standards; daily pacing guide; detailed daily lesson plans; teacher edition of student activity book or lab manual with answers; class notes in PDF (for use as color overheads) and/or editable PowerPoint's (for use with light projector or smartboard); and complete editable assessments. Classroom sets include 25 printed student books and Teacher Edition with DVD. Samples are available for each course (including complete short-term limited screen view versions in eBook format upon request). After purchase of the Teacher Edition in any of the various editions, student activity books or lab manuals are available for individual purchase. Although the online eBook version is screen view only, other versions are available that allow printing student material. Click here for details.

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ISBN: 978-1-59657-989-7
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ISBN: 978-1-59657-069-6
Class Set with perpetual license - Printed Version
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Qty: $799 US

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ISBN: 978-1-59657-990-3
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ISBN: 978-1-59657-490-8
Printed Student Book
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Qty: $26 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-070-2
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