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Science Fiction & Fantasy
--Module "Other Worlds"
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Student Forum
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Lesson Topics Include

The Heroic Quest
Point of View
Context and Synopsis
The Five Elements of Story
Someone to Care About, pt 1
Someone to Care About, pt 2
Something to Want, pt 1
Something to Want, pt 2
Something to Want, pt 3
Something to Dread, pt 1
Something to Dread, pt 2
Something to Dread, pt 3
Something to Suffer, pt 1
Something to Suffer, pt 2
Something to Suffer, pt 3
Something to Learn, pt 1
Something to Learn, pt 2
Something to Learn, pt 3
The Supporting Cast
The Villain
The Synopsis, part 2
Acts and Scenes
The Four Defining Chapters
Chapter One: The Inciting Incident
Chapter Three: Embracing Destiny
Chapter Nine: The Black Moment
Chapter Eleven: The Showdown
The Novel Outline: Formulas,
--Plots and Subplots
Chapter Two: Promises,
--Prophecies, Predicaments
Chapter Four: The New World
Chapter Five: The Middle Cycle
Chapter Six: Failure
Chapter Seven: Lessons
Chapter Eight: Achievement &
Chapter Ten: The Coming
Chapter Twelve: Denouement
How to Write a Chapter
Creating Emotion
The Illusion of Reality
Summary (Telling)
Detail (Showing)
Narrative Order
To Be or Not To Be
--(Passive/Progressive Voice)
Too Many Modifiers
--(Adjectives and Adverbs)
Objects with Will
--(Sliding Eyes/Grasping Hands)
I Saw, I Heard
Raising the Stakes
What’s Likely to Go Wrong?
Falling Bodies (What to
--do when stuck)
Character Masks
Character Handles
The Character Interview
Unexpected Humor
Unexpected Tragedy
Unexpected Grace
Double Disasters
Writing the Climax
Setups & Payoffs
Deus ex Machina
Loose Ends
Parting Words
Revising by Verb
Revision and Rewriting
Formatting Your Manuscript
Sharing & Publishing

homeschool teacherWow! That's a lot of topics!

The One Year Adventure Novel curriculum

... guides students (grades 8-12) through the process of writing a structured, compelling adventure novel over the course of one school year. The program's unique approach to writing begins where many writing courses don't go at all, with an exploration of Story.

homeschool studentWhat makes a story interesting?
Why do we like some characters and despise others? 
What elements of a great book pull us into its world and compel us to keep turning pages?

78 DVD writing lessons78 lessons guide beginning authors step-by-step through a process that ends with the creation of an original, fully structured adventure novel.

The One-Year Adventure Novel Curriculum is taught on DVD by award-winning novelist Daniel Schwabauer. It includes an in-depth textbook, a student workbook, and a teacher's guide as listed below.

Click here for a syllabus of the curriculum.

The One Year Adventure Novel consists of:

The Compass

A textbook with detailed explanations of the concepts explored in each class and sections of classic adventure novels used for study. 8.5 x 11.

writing curriculum texkbook

writing curriculum workbookThe Map

A workbook with over 400 questions designed to provoke thought and inspire creativity. 8.5 x 11.

The Map acts as a guide to your student's original story and gives direction toward making that story more effective.

teacher's guideTeacher's Guide

An easy to use system for grading your student's work and helping them improve their writing skills. 5.5 x 8.5.

Set of Instructional DVDs

Writing lessons on DVD4 DVDs, containing all 78 lessons, covering every topic and each step in the curriculum. Each lesson is about 10 to 15 minutes long and is taught using a variety of reinforcements.
Your students will not be bored in class!

Bonus Resource disk containing:

* 26 Weekly quizzes that can be administered by computer.

resource disk* Video FAQs

* 14 classic adventure novels, including:
Huckleberry Finn, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, The Blood Ship, Black Rock, Captains Courageous, Rupert of Hentzau, Tarzan, King Solomon's Mines, Wulf the Saxon, Peter Pan and more

* Computer desktop images/wallpaper

adventure novel bookThe Prisoner of Zenda

Anthony Hope's classic swashbuckling tale of court intrigue and double-identity in trade paperback format. 5.5 x 8.5.

Unique Extras!

* The Online Student Forum
* "Ask the Teacher" Board - post questions for your instructor, Mr. Schwabauer, via the Student Forum.
* Free entry in the One Year Adventure Novel Annual Student Writers' Contest
* Digital copy of your student's finished novel on the OYAN website. (Some restrictions may apply.)
* Video Webinars with Mr. & Mrs. S.

Note: Students must be 13 or older to join the online forum.

What it isn't:

- It's not a spelling curriculum.
- It's not a traditional English course. We DO study some classic novels, but we don't cover everything a traditional High School English class covers. The things we do cover, we cover in far more depth than most college courses.
- It's not fluffy. You will be challenged.

Your InstructorDan Schwabauer instructor

Daniel Schwabauer, M.A., is editor of Crosswind Comics, where he develops educational materials for youth-at-risk and prison inmates. His professional work includes novels, stage plays, radio scripts, short stories, newspaper columns, comic books, non-fiction ghost writing, and scripting for the PBS animated series Auto-B-Good.

He created the Amazing True Life Stories series as well as The Amazing Gospel graphic novel, which has been translated into several languages around the world.

Ben Franklin AwardHe has received numerous writing awards, including the 2005 Ben Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Children’s Literature for his novel, Runt the Brave, and the 2007 Best Books Award for his novel, Runt the Hunted. He holds a Masters in Creative Writing. He lives in Olathe, Kansas with his wife and daughter.

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