Year 9 Creative Writing Skills
Amazing writing doesn’t just pour out of a good writer’s brain and land perfectly on the page. Writers go through a set of steps to end up with writing that others want to read. It’s not magic and writing is not just for ‘talented’ or ‘creative’ people. We can all learn the steps and secrets of great creative writing.
What you’ll learn
In Year 9 Creative Writing Skills you’ll learn how to:
- write about characters and places
- use dialogue so your characters can talk
- describe what things look, sound, feel, smell and taste like
- use language features to make your writing more interesting and exciting
- put your ideas together in different ways
- write a good story using different ideas and ‘recipes’
- work on your writing to make it the best it can be.
How you’ll learn
Finding your way
Finding your way around an online learning place like iQualify can be tricky – like finding your way around a new school. If learning in iQualify is new to you, have a good look around before you start the course.
Learn by doing
People learn in different ways but most of us learn best by doing. In this course you’ll learn by doing three writing projects:
- Writing about a character – ‘My mystery neighbour’.
- Writing about a place – ‘My special place’.
- Writing two short narrative stories – ‘Six Step Story’ and ‘Postcard Story’.
Learn at your own speed
Everything in the course is set up so you can learn at your own pace (or speed). You’ll see a tiny clock and a number of minutes at the top of each page. This is just to give you an idea about how long the page might take you. You can spend more time or less time. Everyone works at different speeds and in different ways. It’s all good.
Before you begin your writing projects, you’ll do activities to help you practise what you’re learning. These activities are just for you. They are not for someone to mark, although your teacher might choose to comment on some of them. Do as many of the activities as you can and read the feedback that appears when you’ve done an activity. This feedback gives you advice and examples of good answers to help make you a better writer.
Don’t know a word?
We might use words that are new to you. Keep an eye out for little dotted lines under words. If you put your mouse over a word with a dotted line or tap on it, its meaning will pop up.
For some very strange or difficult words, we’ll give you an idea of how to say them.
It’s a great idea to use an online dictionary, too, like the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary.