Suggested Syllabus for Myth-Fantasy Short Story Writing Guide

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Suggested Syllabus for Myth-Fantasy Short Story Writing Guide

We often receive requests for a syllabus for our writing curriculum. As you know, 7Sisters writing guides are all broken into weekly and daily writing assignments, so for many homeschool high schoolers, there is no need for a syllabus. However, some teens need a syllabus for their personal goals and many homeschool co-ops need a syllabus for their classes.

With that in mind, we are offering this simple syllabus. Adapt it to your homeschool needs, remembering that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool (or teach a myth-fantasy writing class).

Have lots of fun with this class. Our teens have often said it was their favorite writing class (even homeschool high schoolers who hated writing)!

Syllabus for Myth-Fantasy Short Story Writing Guide

  • Name of text: 7SistersHomeschool.com Myth-Fantasy Short Story Writing Guide
  • Other materials that will be used: Watch classic myth-fantasy movies:
  • Purpose and goals of the course:
    • To give homeschool high schoolers an enjoyable and successful taste of creating their own short story in the myth-fantasy genre.
    • To give homeschool high schoolers a chance to wrestle with some of the big ideas and “old truths” embedded in the myth-fantasy genre, as well as the ability to examine their own ideas and truths.
    • To give homeschool high schoolers a chance to write to with formula and have fun with it.
    • To build an important part of a strong high school Language Arts program: short story writing.
  • Grading scale: (Develop your own grading scale based on your goals and the rubric in the guide.)
  • Due dates of rough and final drafts of myth-fantasy short story: (List dates)

OPTIONAL WEEK 1: Meet together for a movie-binge day or assign movies to watch ahead of time.

(If you add this week, adjust the week numbers on the following weeks.)

WEEK 1: What is Myth-Fantasy?

  • In class:

    • Discussion of the myth-fantasy genre, it’s re-introduction into popular culture by J.R.R. Tolkien and introduction to the myth-fantasy concept of subcreation.
      • Possible in-class discussion topics.
        • Discuss what makes a myth-fantasy a myth-fantasy.
        • Show favorite movie clips and discuss why you like them. Get student feedback.
        • Share a little bit about favorite myth-fantasy authors and why you or your homeschool high schoolers like them.
        • Check out this post on helpful class discussion questions.
    • Discuss subcreation and begin a class project of developing a subcreation together. (This is separate from their own stories but gives students practice on what they will do for homework)
  • Homework: Follow the daily directions in the curriculum.

Note to students:

Remember, this is a five-page short story. If you were writing a full novel, you would spend weeks on each of the assignments for this week’s homework. Instead, you are writing a short story. Great writers learn to hone their skills for writing great novels by first writing great short stories. The short format, along with limiting the time you can spend on each day’s writing assignment, will help you start building great writing skills. After you finish your short story, you can go back and re-do the entire workbook, taking your time and expanding your ideas into a full novel.

Week 2: “Getting-Started Ingredients” of a Myth-Fantasy Story

  • In class:

    • Discussion of the main ingredients at the beginning of a classic myth-fantasy story.
      • Idyllic opening
      • Deception
      • Quest and hero’s reluctance
      • Foreshadowing
    • Work on class myth-fantasy short story by addressing each of the main ingredients for a classic story opening.
    • If there is time, show the opening scenes of the movies The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Homework: Follow the daily directions in the curriculum.

Week 3: “Make-it-Happen Ingredients” of a Myth-Fantasy Story

  • In class:

    • Discussion of the ingredients that move a myth-fantasy story forward:
      • Plot
      • Moral value
      • Return to old truths
      • Friendship (along with the necessary types of friendships in a myth-fantasy)
      • Symbolism
      • How to write conversations in a myth-fantasy short story
    • Work on class myth-fantasy short story by addressing each of the main ingredients to move the story forward.
    • If there’s time, show favorite friendship scenes from any myth-fantasy movie
  • Homework: Follow the daily directions in the curriculum.

Week 4: “Closing Ingredients” of a Myth-Fantasy Story

  • In class:

    • Discussion of the ingredients for the closing of a myth-fantasy story:
      • Myth-fantasy-style climax
      • Undeception
      • Fulfilled quest
      • Denouement
      • Finishing conversations
        • Work on class myth-fantasy short story by addressing each of the main ingredients for a classic myth-fantasy ending.
        • If there is time, show the ending of The Fellowship of the Rings
  • Work on class myth-fantasy short story by addressing each of the main ingredients for a classic story opening.
  • Homework: Follow the daily directions in the curriculum.

Week 5: Pulling the Myth-Fantasy Story Together

  • In class:

    • Discussion of the pulling the story together
    • Discuss the process of two rough drafts, then final draft.
      • This myth-fantasy short story writing curriculum teaches the discipline of becoming a good writer. In creating two rough drafts, students learn the joy of raising their skills by raising their ability to re-write. It IS a discipline.
    • Discuss printing and bringing final draft to class next week.
    • Finish class myth-fantasy story.
  • Homework: Follow the daily directions in the curriculum.

Week 6: Reading Day

  • In class:
    • Have students attach a blank paper to their myth-fantasy short story.
    • Have students pass their stories around the room to read and then write a comment about something they liked in that myth-fantasy short story.

 

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Suggested Syllabus for Myth-Fantasy Short Story Writing Guide

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