Key Concepts - Creative Writing

Provided below are key concepts for each academic subject area. Concepts are listed by subject and grade and give additional insight into the curriculum and instruction for the College for Kids Program. Listed are the themes for each subject area, followed by the key learning concept which inspires the in class product that is created by the students. Also listed are the essential concepts that will be taught in the classroom.

1st Grade Creative Writing
Don't Judge a Book by its Cover
Key Learning

How does an author put words and phrases together to create a book?

Book It
Essential Concepts
  • Simple Stories
  • Imaginative Titles
  • Cover Art
  • Pages Set-Up
  • Illustrations


2nd Grade Creative Writing
Word Masters
Key Learning

How does an author use simple words to create meaningful stories?


Word Master Story

Essential Concepts
  • Alliteration
  • Rhyme Schemes
  • Word Endings
  • Silly Sentences
  • Word Creations


3rd Grade Creative Writing
You're My Hero
Key Learning

How does an author use personal admiration to develop a character?


Admiration Accolade

Essential Concepts
  • Descriptive Words
  • Characterization
  • Dialogue
  • Action
  • Fiction vs. Non-Fiction


4th Grade Creative Writing
Key Learning

How does an author use suspense to drive a story?


Tales of the Strange and Mysterious

Essential Concepts
  • Clues
  • Suspense
  • Crime & Punishment
  • Suspects
  • Cliffhanger


5th Grade Creative Writing
You’re Pullin’ My Leg!
Key Learning

How can an author make a tall-tale believable?


Tall Tales

Essential Concepts
  • Exaggeration
  • Believability
  • Setting
  • Using the Unusual
  • Lesson