Syllabus Creative Writing

Welcome to Practical Writing

Mr. Palkovics Room 502



3:25-4:00 Monday & Thursday



4th period


Contact Information:


Students will be able to: analyze, evaluate, and synthesize various genres of literature; research diverse topics; create effective compositions; develop an appreciation for world literature; and practice techniques to be prepared for the STAAR


Required Supplies:

  • 1 subject notebook for your journal (Spiral or composition 200 sheets minimum)
  • Binder ( 2” minimum) and 5 dividers (label them: Readings, Vocabulary, Writing in Progress, Notes, Extras)
  • Index cards
  • Sticky Notes
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper
  • Black or blue pen
  • Pencil for use on scantrons
  • Highlighters


** Students should keep all handouts and work to be used to study for tests and quizzes. Please keep an organized notebook.


Make Up Work:

  • If you miss a major test or quiz, it is your responsibility to set the make-up date with me.
  • You are responsible for obtaining any notes, assignments, or anything that you missed while absent. Check with me when you return for an update on what you missed.
  • If you do not make up an assignment, you will receive a “0”. You will have 3 days to come to me and set up a time and date for make up work. 


Grading Policy:

  • Major Grades = 40%

1. Essays
        2. Major Tests
        3. Projects

  • Minor Grades = 60%

1. Quizzes
2. Vocabulary
3. Reading Checks
4. Journal
        5. Study Questions
        6. Daily Work
        7. Process Writing



The Honor Code:

  • “Cheating is giving or receiving information.” Do not look on anyone else’s paper and do not allow them to look on yours.
  • A grade of zero will be awarded to both parties for cheating, and parents will be contacted.


Class Rules:

  • Respect yourself, your peers, and me, your teacher.
  • Be prepared with all supplies and books every day.
  • Be on time and in the classroom ready to start when the tardy bell rings.
  • No using your cell phone in class.
  • Remain seated until bell rings.
  • Refer to the Four Qualities and Eight Essential Factors posted on my website.



  • Expository
  • Persuasive
  • Journal writing
  • Literature response writing



  • Vocabulary from literary selections
  • Literary Elements
  • Words commonly found on the SAT 



  • Phrases
  • Clauses
  • Punctuation
  • Subject Verb Agreement
  • Tenses
  • Other grammar as needed