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
Theme
Don't Judge a Book by its Cover
Key Learning

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

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

 

2nd Grade Creative Writing
Theme
Word Masters
Key Learning

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

Product

Word Master Story

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

 

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

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

Product

Admiration Accolade

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

 

4th Grade Creative Writing
Theme
Who-done-it?
Key Learning

How does an author use suspense to drive a story?

Product

Tales of the Strange and Mysterious

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

 

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

How can an author make a tall-tale believable?

Product

Tall Tales

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