Lesson SummaryThis lesson is the second in a series of differentiated creative writing lessons for gifted and talented students, providing challenges that allow students to write like real-world professionals while using digital tools for inspiration. Students will be guided to write long-form, text-based fiction after using visual and digital tools to create viable ideas for stories others want to read. This lesson addresses characterization. Other lessons in this series will address theme, setting, and plot. This lesson was part of a Duke TIP presentation at NCTE18 with Tara Ray of Ozark High School in Ozark, Missouri.
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- Duke TIP Creative Writing: Create a Compelling Character Lesson Plan and accompanying handouts
- Duke TIP Creative Writing videos, found here
- Lesson 1: Start a Great Story, and other Duke TIP handouts and rubrics, found here
- Lesson 3, Create a Page-Turning Plot, and other Duke TIP handouts and rubrics, found here