By Sua - 19/09/2013 06:15 - Canada - Calgary
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I hate a fair amount of teachers that teach some form of liberal arts... If it is not what they are into/are currently doing, they hate it and want you to do what they like, instead of guiding your own ideas. It's nearly impossible to grade art. There will be people that love it and hate it, for anything you do.
I agree with 44. If a story was like, written like this then I could, like, see, like, how the teacher would like, hate the story in a perspective of like, a naïve highschool girl. Drama is good, but there should be a certain balance. You can make a great fiction story with minimum drama.
There are some people who are just not good at creative writing. Just because it is based in reality does not mean the piece will come out good. I have been in countless creative writing classes and clubs and there is always the one person who writes something so convoluted you cannot even figure out what the plot is. Then, when they get to the critique part, they always freak out when someone suggests they cut out 1/2 of the shit-storm.
Honestly, if you're going to give your students a free form writing assignment, the only thing you should be talking points off for are, grammar errors and spelling mistakes. You don't get to choose what is, or is not, creative. It's like art, it's all about prospective, and symbolism. I don't think a light-bulb on the wall is art, but my framed blank sheet of paper speaks volumes to me.
I understand the higher bar in college/university; my courses required a 70% in each class as well as a cumulative 70% to be a pass for the course, but I've read about assignment grading/exams etc in some places where anything under 60% would be a fail, which doesn't seem fair (and seems randomly arbitrary to me too).
So you have an unrealistic, overly dramatic life? Explains why you're on FML!
Wouldn't a CREATIVE writing assignment want to be overly dramatic?