Cactus Canyon enriches with creative writing and digital storytelling

Posted: November 4, 2014 in Academics, Beyond Texbooks, Enrichment, Language arts
Photo by Hannah Wolfe

Photo by Hannah Wolfe

By Pauline Harner
Cougar News Blog

     Cactus Canyon has added some new enrichment classes for the second quarter. One of them is creative writing, which is taught by John Leal. The other teacher is Tammy Howard, who teaches digital storytelling.
     Mr. Leal’s class allows students’ creativity to flow. Neither classes use pencil and paper. Creative writing and digital storytelling are similar because they both offer a fun and creative way to help students become better with writing.
     Creative writing is basically a class to work on students’ writing skills. Much like the journalism elective, students get to write stories, but in creative writing they write poems as well, and the stories are usually fictional. Creative writing is where students can be themselves and write as much as students possibly can.
     “I plan to help students in the enrichment class by offering a safe environment to feel safe in sharing their creative and expressive ideas that many may be too shy to share,” said eighth-grade language arts teacher Mr. Leal.
     Digital storytelling is a class to get to know all the video creation tools and everything students will need to create a story through a video.
     “It will hopefully teach them to work better in groups and learn how to collaborate with others,” said eighth-grade language arts teacher Ms. Howard.
     Although creative writing is a lot of writing, digital storytelling is a lot of camera and video work. Digital storytelling can kind of help students with stagefright, to get over that fear.
     Even though students have only been in these classes for a month, they are really enjoying these new enrichment opportunities.
     “My favorite thing about that class is that it’s fun and we get to do something on a creepy movie,” said eighth-grader Lodi Marin.
     Enrichment classes are scheduled during the Study Skills time and are available for students who have demonstrated mastery on recent math objectives.

  1. Reblogged this on Tutoring 101 and commented:
    A special thank you to Pauline Harner of The Cougar News Blog for posting this article on the value of Enrichment Courses in creative writing and digital literacy and storytelling. Perhaps in today’s world especially, it’s of the utmost importance that we all be able to communicate through a variety of means and perspectives. The ability to express oneself creatively is one of the best gifts we can give to our young students today, a gift that will prepare them to look the difficulties, hardships, and turmoils of the world square in the eye and tackle them head-on while also imagining new, better worlds free of such things.

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