This course is designed to better the students skill in story writing or any other creative writing. Lets take a quick look back at the course objectives.
- After listening to the flocabulary video on the five elements of a short story. Students will identify those key elements. https://www.flocabulary.com/fivethings/
- Students will construct an outline of their short story. The student will use each element to create the background to their story. Students then will illustrate a book cover for their story. Students will do a rough draft of their story for homework.
- Students will explain their outline and illustration through a presentation to the class. The best Illustration gets displayed in the English corner.
- After switching stories with a peer; students will evaluate the story for errors, recommend revision or enhancements, and compare the story to the short story writing rubric. Students will also compare similarities to their own stories if any. Students will provide a number according to the rubric (1-4).
- After peer feedback students will integrate changes or enhancements, and create their final draft; including illustration.
Now, in any course we always let the student know to present original work. Some students like to take information and make it their own; and sometimes teachers miss the plagiarism. However, since the writing has a lot of peer evaluation, the students help in the findings of plagiarism. In addition, its always good to have a sample of a no credit story for the students to see. If they know that we are looking for plagiarism then they will think twice before doing it. As a teacher I would discourage plagiarism by simply showing a story that received no points. In the story that will be passed around, it shows where the student used work that wasn't original.
Diversity & Authenticity
This course is based upon student centered learning and how the students can learn from each other. Each student contributes to another students work; whether being verbal or writing. In every class room diversity is something that every teacher strives for. In this course the students are encouraged to share something about their life and culture in their story. This then entails the authenticity of the students work. The challenges of using the tools that I described is that many students might not be able to access the internet for online surveys and peer collaboration. The advantages would be that the students will have a chance to make a difference in someone's work.