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Creative Writing

February 25, 2020

This is your online resource for the 4-H Creative Writing project. The manual and record sheet are below. If you have any questions, please refer to the 4-H Handbook or contact the Extension Office.

*If you have trouble accessing any of these documents below because of a disability, please contact the Jackson Co. Extension Office at (812) 358-6101 or send an email to schneidh@purdue.edu.

Here are the requirements for this project:


With your exhibit include a general record sheet in your green folder.

        NOTE: A three ring binder is suggested for exhibit. The pages may either be hole-punched or can be inserted in plastic sheet covers.

All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.

Level 1: (Grades 3-5)

        A scrapbook or notebook including three or more different activities you have completed as suggested in your manual. These should be original works written within this year (August-July).

  1. Write poetry using two or more forms: Limerick, Haiku, Free verse, rhyming.
  2. Write a slogan as advertisement of a product.
  3. Write greeting card phrases and illustrate.
  4. Learn to play a word game such as “Scrabble” make your own word game such as a crossword or word search.
  5. Read a book on creative writing or a biography of an author. Or see a film or filmstrip on this subject. List ten things you’ve learned about writing.
  6. Make a list of ten of your favorite poems and/or stories. Include authors.
  7. Write the lyrics to a song using a familiar tune.
  8. Write and draw a comic strip complete with characters.
  9. Write a report in the form of a persuasion. Try to get across your point of view.
  10. Write a book review prepared in a way to make others want to read it. Ask four questions that can only be answered by reading the book.
  11. Write a letter. Use correct form: your address, date, greeting, body, closing and signature.
  12. Design a billboard complete with illustrations and slogan. Make it no larger than an 8 ½” by 11” sheet of paper.


Level 2: (Grades 6-8)

        Submit an example of your work from one of the following categories:

  1. Essay (500-1500 words)
  2. Poetry (35-100 lines)
  3. Short Story (600-1800 words)
  4. Dramatic Script (Maximum 30 minutes)

        These should be original works written within this year (August-July).

Level 3: (Grades 9-12)

        Submit two examples of your work from the following categories:

  1. Short story (1300-3000 words)
  2. Poetry (50-200 lines)
  3. Critical Review (600-1200 words)
  4. Essay (500-1500 words)
  5. Humor (600-1500 words)
  6. Dramatic Script (Maximum 30 minutes)

        These should be original works written within this year (August-July).

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