• Heritage High School

    Creative Writing

    Mr. Cook

    Room C107

    Welcome to the class that will help you grow into a confident Post-Modern Writer!

    Creative Writing Course Description: Creative Writing is a course that is devoted to helping students gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes imperative for success in their writing endeavors. Areas of focus include: Reading and annotating flash fiction and poetry. Students will read a variety of texts to identify narrative and poetic techniques in order to incorporate the techniques in their own writing. Students will also explore, practice and execute the writing process in order to see their best work submitted.

    Class Culture: Mr. Cook’s classroom will be a professional environment of writers. A place where writers: have meaningful conversations, writers challenge themselves, writers reflect, and writers grow. The classroom will be a safe place where diverse ideas are celebrated rather than hindered. The classroom will become a community of writers who can count on each other as if they were teammates or family. Ultimately, writers will grow into thoughtful, intelligent members of the writing community.

    Citizenship: When students fail to maintain the citizenship standards, deductions from their grade will be made.

    • Respect All - Students speak, listen, and act respectfully to all members of the classroom.
    • Work Hard - Students work from bell-to-bell with strong intensity.
    • Be Prepared - Students arrive with all supplies, required materials, and finished homework.

    Note: There is a direct correlation between attendance and grades. If students do not attend class they are in a situation where failure is more common. Conversely, attending with regularity and punctuality increases the students’ opportunities for success.

    Procedures for a positive, fun, and successful environment:

    ·        Students will be on time ready to learn, and have their minds focused on our class.

    ·        Students may not go to the bathroom during the first and last ten minutes of the class period (school policy).

    ·        Students will raise their hand to express their concerns, ideas and questions.

    ·        Students will keep a positive fun attitude, and leave the negative inappropriate attitude hidden somewhere far, far, far, away.

    ·        Students will respect themselves, classmates and teacher. Not only will everyone “treat others the way they wish to be treated,” but they will treat the classroom and its contents with respect as well.

    ·        Students will keep their cell phones turned off, not on vibrate or on silent, unless instructed otherwise.


    ·        3 ring binder with section for our class.

    ·        White college ruled paper to be kept neat and clean. We will be writing everyday, so do not run out of paper.

    ·        When turning in work, label it according to the title of the assignment. Work without a name or title will not be graded.

    ·        Pens. All work must be submitted with black or blue pens, or typed.

    Homework-  Work that is done at home will normally be: finishing class work, writing flash fiction or a poem, and/or reading and annotating a selection of literature to be discussed the next day in class.

    Absent Work, Late Work, Extra Credit- Absent work is the responsibility of the student. If students know they will be absent e-mail the instructor for the work before the absence. If students do not e-mail the instructor before hand then students need to contact other students in class via contact sheet. Students are to help each other and maintain “table buddy” sheets so the absent students understand and receive the missing work. Absent work is to be completed by the next class date, or in a reasonable period, at least by the end of the week. If the work is not turned in by those parameters of time and procedure, then the work will not be accepted and the student will receive a zero. Late Work and Extra Credit do not exist.

    Grading- Student’s grades grow and decline from day one of the semester until the last day of the semester. Grades will not stop or start over new at any point in the semester. Quarter grades will not be averaged, quarter one will simply continue into quarter 2. At the end of quarter 2, the quarter 2 grade will be the same as the semester grade.

    • A+=100-98, A=97-94, A- =93-90
    •  B+=89-87, B=86-84, B- =83-80
    • C+=79-78, C=77-75, C- =74-70
    • D+=69-68, D=67-65, D- =64-60
    • F=59-below