Northern Star Online Syllabus

Course Outline

Title: Creative Writing

Credits: .25; .33; .5


Instructor: Susie Evans

text or call: (651) 270-3266

Course Description:

This course is intended for students who have an undeniable interest in learning to write poetry, description, and narration for an audience of both peers and the public.  It includes a rigorous study of the qualities of good writing, including figurative language, content, focus, organization, and style as well as the reading and interpretation of various types of poetry, fiction and non-fiction that are considered models of good writing. 

Course Goals and Objectives:

Students will:

  • discover key elements which are necessary in writing description, narration, and poetry.
  • learn how creativity plays an important role in the process of writing.
  • read the works of writers and poets, using them as models to be followed.
  • present works to the class in an oral format.
  • demonstrate the development of an individual style by compiling a portfolio of various genres: poetry, narration, etc.
  • define and use various figures of speech, sound devices, patterns, and other poetic terms.    
  • learn how creativity plays an important role in the process of writing.
  • learn the techniques of reading and analyzing literature.

Topic Outline:  

  1. Poetry
  2. Short fiction
  3. Non-fiction
  4. Daily writing
  5. Lyrics
  6. Fantasy
  7. Fact/Opinion

Required books and/or educational materials:

All materials are online

Minimum Technical Requirements 

Final Exam (date, time and location if one is scheduled):


Extra Credit Options if Available:

No extra credit is available. The opportunity to redo assignments can be requested.

Assessment of Student Work

Grading Policy

Steady continual progress is imperative for the successful completion of an online course. Regular activity, discussion board participation, and email notifications are required. Students not in regular contact with instructor/classmates will be warned. Subsequent warnings will involve parent/counselor notification. Inactivity for 15 days without contact with the program will result in withdrawal from the course.

Grading Scales:

If you are taking the full credit 770 points total:

462-531 D

532-608 C

609-685 B

686-770 A


If you are taking this for a term and see (TA, TB, TC) you need to complete 2/3 of the Moodle work or 508 points.

304-350 D

351-401 C

402-452 B

453-508 A


If you are making up a Quarter Credit and see (QA, QB,QC, QD) you need to complete 1/2 of the Moodle work or 385 points.

231-265 D

266-304 C

305-342 B

343-385 A

Policy for Missed Exams and Late Assignments:

Please see NSO Policy for Late Assignments: 

Policy for Addressing Academic Dishonesty

Minnesota Academic Standards Alignment

Briefly list state academic graduation standards met in the core course (social studies, science, mathematics, language arts)

II.C. The student will apply standard English conventions when writing.

ELA.11.7.1 1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

ELA.11.7.2 2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

ELA.11.7.3 3. Write narratives and other creative texts to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

ELA.11.7.4 4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

ELA.11.7.5 5. Use a writing process to develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, drafting, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

ELA.11.7.6 6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

ELA.11.7.7 7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

ELA.11.7.8 8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

ELA.11.7.9 9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

ELA.11.7.10 10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Course Instructor and Communications

Please see: 

Student Attendance Expectations

Format and Frequency of Progress Reports

Final Grades and Submissions