Creative Writing

CREATIVE WRITING – 2014

THURSDAY - JULY 10 - 8:30 – 9:00 A.M. Project Check-in NOTEBOOKS

Comments from Judge – to be announced

No State Fair Exhibits

BEGINNER:  Division 1 (3rd graders), Division 2 (4th graders) and Division 3 (5th graders)

PROJECT COMPLETION:  Turn in Completed Record Sheet

 EXHIBIT: You will exhibit your works in a three-ring binder. The pages may either be hole-punched or can be inserted in plastic sheet covers. Include the completed record sheet.

  • The binder should include three (3) examples of your work. This could be 3 different types OR 3 of the same type. For example: 1 poetry, 1 greeting card, and 1 comic strip, OR three poems.
  • These should be original works and not previously graded or used for competition.
  • Suggested activities for Level 1 -Grades 3 – 5:
  • Write poetry using different forms: Limerick, Haiku, Free verse, rhyming.
  • Write a slogan as advertisement of a product. Don’t use brand names.
  • Write greeting card phrases and illustrate.
  • Learn to play a word game such as “Scrabble”. Make your own word game such as a crossword or word search.
  • Read a book on creative writing or a biography of an author, or see a film or filmstrip on this subject. List those things you’ve learned about writing.
  • Make a list of your favorite poems and stories, include authors.
  • Write the lyrics to a song using a familiar tune.
  • Write a comic strip complete with characters.
  • Write a report in the form of a persuasion; try to get across your point of view. Example: You might write about not squeezing the toothpaste from the middle, support your opinion.
  • Write a book review prepared in a way to make others want to read it. Ask questions that can only be answered by reading the book.
  • Write a letter. Use the correct form; your address, date, greeting, body closing, and signature.
  • Design a billboard complete with illustrations and slogan. Make it no larger than an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper.

 

 INTERMEDIATE:  Division 4 (6th graders), Division 5 (7th graders) and Division 6 (8th graders)

PROJECT COMPLETION:  Turn in Completed Record Sheet

 EXHIBIT: You will exhibit your works in a three-ring binder. The pages may either be hole-punched or can be inserted in plastic sheet covers. Include the completed record sheet. Submit an example of your work from one of the following categories:  

  • These should be original works and not previously graded or used for competition.
  • Suggested activities for Level 2-Grades 6-8
  • Select a topic of your choice and write an essay from 500 to 1500 words. This may be based on either a fictional or non-fictional topic.
  • Using your favorite poets as models, write your own experiences in a style they may have used. Tell who your favorite poet(s) is/are, include 35 to 100 lines.
  • Write a short story of 600-1800 words.
  • Prepare a script for a dramatic interpretation or play, maximum length is 30 minutes.

 ADVANCED:  Division 7 (9th graders), Division 8 (10th graders), Division 9 (11th graders) and Division 10 (12th graders)

PROJECT COMPLETION:  Turn in completed record sheet.

 EXHIBIT: You will exhibit your works in a three-ring binder. The pages may either be hole-punched or can be inserted in plastic sheet covers. Include the completed record sheet. Submit two examples of your work from the following different categories:

  • Short Story (1300 - 3000 words)
  • Poetry (50 - 200 lines)
  • Critical Review (600 - 1200 words)
  • Essays (600 - 1500 words)
  • Humor (600 - 1500 words)
  • Dramatic Script (Maximum 45 minutes)

 Exhibits should be original works and not previously graded or used for competition. Suggested activities for Level 3 -Grades 9-12:

  • Write a short story of 1300-3000 words.
  • Experiment with different forms of poetry; submit a poem of 50-200 lines.
  • Prepare a critical review of another piece of writing; length is 600 to 1200 words. Be sure to include the bibliographical information on the writing you are reviewing.
  • Select a topic of your choice and write an essay from 600 to 1500 words. This may be based on either a fictional or a non-fictional topic.
  • Write a humorous selection of 600 to 1500 words. Examples include stand-up comedy script, jokes or puns, humorous antidotes or stories.
  • Prepare a script for a dramatic interpretation or play, maximum length is 45 minutes

 

By Melva A Stamberger, Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development
The Educational Store