Creative Writing teaches youth how to write their own stories that can go along with sketches. Be creative in the stories or poems that you write. If there is a song that you like but think it should have different lyrics try writing new ones. There are many fun activities to do with the project, so make it your own!
Level A (grades 3-4)
Level B (grades 5-6)
Level C (grades 7-9)
Level D (grades 10-12)
No manual; however, a Lake County record sheet must be completed (attached below)
**Only a Lake County Record Sheet is needed**
Record Sheet Required (No Manual)
General Rules for all Project Levels
- 4-H members may submit more than the required number of items; however, judging is based on quality, not quantity.
- Items being submitted must be displayed without plastic sheet protectors at the front of the notebook.
- List items being submitted in a “Table of Contents” page, which is to be located in front of the items. Include your completed record sheet.
- Use a 3-ring binder notebook (no spirals) for exhibiting work. On the outside cover 4-H member must place the Lake County 4-H exhibit label in the lower right-hand corner of the notebook cover. Make it secure.
- 4-H member may rework stories or essays that have been done for school, but do not turn in graded school papers.
- Proofread work carefully. Check for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. It is also important to organize thoughts and express those ideas well. With writing prompts that lend themselves to providing facts, quotes and other people’s ideas in your writing, it is necessary to cite your information. Methods may include crediting the source within the paper, a bibliography, works cited page, footnotes, or sources page.
- Neatness and creativity do count. Illustrate writing with sketches, drawings, magazine pictures, photos or stickers. Consider using the following when illustrating work: different colors of paper, pen, markers, pencils, etc., a variety of computer graphics and fonts.
- Previously judged items must be placed in plastic sheet protectors behind this year’s entries. Including previous works allows the judge to see how writing has developed. Use dividers to separate each year’s work and indicate level, grade and year of work.
- If you would like your notebook to be displayed open, please include an additional exhibit label and indicate which page you would like visible.
Level A (grades 3-4), submit five different items from the choices below:
- Think of a situation in which 4-H member must make a decision. Story should be between 175 and 200 words in length. Story should explain a situation and illustrate how member went about solving it.
- Write your own poetry using at least three different forms such as limerick, haiku, free verse, rhyming.
- Write a slogan as an advertisement for an original product. Do not use actual brand names.
- Create a greeting card. Write the text and illustrate it.
- Obtain a good dictionary and thesaurus and become familiar with the use of each. Make a list of overworked adjectives and offer other words you could use. Example: good=excellent, great, terrific, etc.
- Learn to play a word game such as "Scrabble" or "Boggle". Create a word game, such as a crossword puzzle, word search, or riddle identification.
- Read a book on creative writing or read a biography of an author. 4-H member may also view a film, filmstrip, or video about writing or authors. Write a summary of what was learned about writing.
- Make a list of your favorite poems and stories, and give the author’s name for each.
- Attend a workshop or class on creative writing to improve skills. Write a paragraph about what you learned.
- Interview an author. Write a summary of the conversation, include some quotes.
- Write new lyrics for a familiar song.
- Write a 100 to 200 word story or essay of your choice.
Level B (grades 5-6), submit five different items from the choices below:
- Write a comic strip, complete with characters.
- Write a short story of 300 to 500 words.
- Using two of your favorite poets as models, write your own poetry in a style or form they use. List which favorite poets you used.
- Write a persuasion report. Try to get across your point of view. Example: A person might write about not squeezing the tube of toothpaste from the middle. Organize your thoughts. Support the opinion.
- Make a family tree. Use a genealogy worksheet or draw the information in the shape of a tree with leaves or roots. Use only first names. Include date of birth, death, marriage, children, and occupation for each entry.
- Write a book review prepared in a way to make others want to read the book. Ask questions that can only be answered by reading the book. A 36 book review is not the same as a book report. A book review includes 4-H member’s thoughts and opinions of a book.
- Write a letter. Use correct form, address, date, appropriate greetings, a body section, a closing and signature.
- Design a billboard complete with illustrations and a slogan. Make it no larger than a standard 8 ½" x 11" sheet of paper.
- Write an imaginary story entitled "You will not believe what happened to me when…"
- Write a 200 to 300 word essay of your choice.
- Attend a workshop or class on creative writing to improve skills. Write two paragraphs about what you learned.
Level C (grades 7-9), submit three different items from the choices below:
- Essay (approximately 500-1500 words)
- Poetry (approximately 35-100 lines); may write several shorter poems rather than only one long poem
- Short Story (approximately 600-1800 words)
- Dramatic Script (maximum 30 minutes)
- Parody (approximately 500-1500 words)
- Comic Strip (4-6 frames)
- Book Review (approximately 200-500 words)
- Contemporary article on a topic of public concern (approximately 500-1500 words)
- Historical Perspective (approximately 500-1500 words)
- Work of choice
Level D (grades 10–12), submit three different items from the choices below:
- Short Story (approximately 1300-3000 words)
- Poetry (approximately 50-200 lines); may write several shorter poems rather than only one long poem
- Critical Review (approximately 600-1200 words)
- Essays (approximately 600-1500 words)
- Humor (approximately 600-1500 words)
- Dramatic Script (maximum of 30 minutes)
- Satire or parody (approximately 600-1500 words)
- Comic Strip (6-10 frames)
- Feature article (approximately 300-1000 words)
- Work of your choice
Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!