English 12

Creative Writing

According to the Ignatian Method, Kolbe Academy’s Grade 12 English course has been designed to help form the student’s abilities to effectively Speak, Write, and Act.  The lessons of the three component parts of the course—Vocabulary, Composition, and Oral Presentations—will all contribute to development in these fields.  This course is also designed to help stimulate and develop the student’s creative imagination through admiration and imitation of great writers and styles.

Course Description

This course teaches skills for: using words well and continuing to develop vocabulary; developing thoughts and ideas logically so as to become an effective writer and speaker; discovering creative writing as a useful vortex for both expressing and understanding emotions; appreciating Poetry and Fiction, particularly in the Short Story genre; and learning the basic elements of stories and poems.

Students will learn the fundamental elements and various styles of stories and poems, how to interpret and present poetry, and how to write well, by reading great writers and imitating classic styles, through composition work and vocabulary practice and tests, writing creative stories and poems, and oral presentation exercises.


Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit will have four papers, a mid-term, and final exam each semester.  Additionally, core students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course. In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

Course Texts
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level G, Sadlier-Oxford
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level G Teacher Manaual, Sadlier-Oxford
  • The Art of the Short Story, Ed. Dana Gioia & R.S. Gwynn
  • The Menagerie of Marsepink, Claudio Salvucci, Arx Publishing
  • Writer's Workshop, Gregory L. Roper



Optional physical copies available for purchase for the following under the English "Optional Material" section in the Kolbe Bookstore (digital copies are provided with the self-paced course):

  • Treasury of Poems, (BOOK),The Kolbe Oral Presentation Series, Vol. IV. Kolbe Academy Press
  • Poetry: A Spoken Art, (CD) The Kolbe Oral Presentation Series, Vol. IV. Kolbe Academy Press (Included with Treasury of Poems.)
Course Plan Sample

Note that this is the digital version of the homeschool course plan, which is found in the course's associated Parent Group.  This course plan is built into the Schoology course for the student. 


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

11 - 12 (12th)


Ms. Finnigan

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

10 (English)

Transcript Designation


Self-Paced Companion Courses

Modern Era Literature
US and Modern History
Morality and Church History III

Online Companion Courses

Modern Era Literature
US and Modern History
Morality and Church History III


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors
(H) level for an additional $69.