CREATIVE WRITING AND CHARACTER CREATION COURSE

About Course

This class provides critical writing and storytelling skills. The aim is to prepare diverse students for Computer Related STEAM jobs. The class uses culturally relevant material. Students are engaged through personal expression. By expressing themselves the goal is to improve proficiency in English. This addresses students' skills in; Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.

Description

This Creative Writing and Character Creation course was developed on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, at the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship. The goal is to prepare more diverse students for the computer-related Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) jobs of the future.

This course explores creative writing and character creation. The coursework is based on a Hip-Hop Jazz Fusion album project done in partnership with the music department at Carnegie Mellon University.
The lyrics and essays are the foundational basis for the instruction.

At Toyzsteam we use hip-hop culture, comic books, global cultural exposure, entrepreneurship, and music to engage students. Students receive 30 assignments that range from essay writing, poetry, and comic book writing.

Our textbook is available on Amazon and Apple. 

https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1492027309

 

 

What Will I Learn?

  • Gaining confidence with expression
  • Inspiring innovation
  • Learning Story Telling
  • Discovering Inner Voice
  • Exploring One's Personality
  • Learning to Write Essays

Topics for this course

20 Lessons160h

LIFE OR DEATH SECTION 1?

Using an essay and the Lyrics of a song Life or Death that was recorded with the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Students learn how to write by expressing their own views on the subject matter
Essay Writing Assignment Life or Death
Lyric and Poetry Writing Assignment Life or Death
Comic Book writing Assignment Life or Death

PENETRATE THE SOUL SECTION 2?

Using an essay and the Lyrics of a song Penetrate The Soul that was recorded with the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Students learn how to write by expressing their own views on the subject matter.

EMPTY STATE SECTION 3?

Using an essay and the Lyrics of a song Empty State that was recorded with the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Students learn how to write by expressing their own views on the subject matter

WHAT’S HAPPENING SECTION 4?

Using an essay and the Lyrics of a song What's Happening that was recorded with the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Students learn how to write by expressing their own views on the subject matter

BLESS THE DEAD SECTION 5?

Using an essay and the Lyrics of a song Bless The Dead that was recorded with the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Students learn how to write by expressing their own views on the subject matter

TV SCREENS AND MAGAZINES SECTION 6?

Using an essay and the Lyrics of a song TV Screens & Magazines that was recorded with the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Students learn how to write by expressing their own views on the subject matter

STOP THE BULLYING SECTION 7?

Using an essay and the Lyrics of a song Stop The Bullying that was recorded with the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Students learn how to write by expressing their own views on the subject matter

THE ANTIDOTE SECTION 8?

Using an essay and the Lyrics of a song The Antidote that was recorded with the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Students learn how to write by expressing their own views on the subject matter

DAPPER SECTION 9?

Using an essay and the Lyrics of a song Dapper that was recorded with the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Students learn how to write by expressing their own views on the subject matter

NASA (ASTRAL TRAVEL) SECTION 10?

Using an essay and the Lyrics of a song NASA (ASTRAL TRAVEL) that was recorded with the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Students learn how to write by expressing their own views on the subject matter

About the instructors

Damola Idowu is an innovator, author, journalist, songwriter, musician, engineer, entrepreneur, publisher, executive, educator, technologist, and performing artist, with 25 plus years of activity in the hip-hop community. He has commercialized and distributed millions of copies of multi-media products he created. These products will reach over 20,000 points of sale across 6 continents in over 30 countries. In the process, he was at several critical junctures in hip-hop history. He pioneered the intersection of Hip-Hop and comic books with Da Great Deity Dah. He pioneered the intersection of Hip-Hop and Business with the launch of Owners Illustrated Magazine. In that process, he created and trademarked the term Hustlenomics®. He also pioneered the coverage on the intersection of Hip-Hop and Technology. In 2004 he began introducing technology executives across several industries to hip-hop audiences in Owners Illustrated and later Toyz Nation Magazines. This led to facilitating the diversification of underserved communities into computer-related STEAM Jobs. He also serves as CEO of Toyz Electronics, LLC a startup at the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. Toyz Electronics was recently a semifinalist for the BNY Mellon Social Innovation Challenge administered by Innovation Works.
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Damola Idowu is an innovator, author, journalist, songwriter, musician, engineer, entrepreneur, publisher, executive, educator, technologist, and performing artist, with 25 plus years of activity in the hip-hop community. He has commercialized and distributed millions of copies of multi-media products he created. These products will reach over 20,000 points of sale across 6 continents in over 30 countries. In the process, he was at several critical junctures in hip-hop history. He pioneered the intersection of Hip-Hop and comic books with Da Great Deity DahHe pioneered the intersection of Hip-Hop and Business with the launch of Owners Illustrated Magazine. In that process, he created and trademarked the term Hustlenomics®. He also pioneered the coverage on the intersection of Hip-Hop and Technology. In 2004 he began introducing technology executives across several industries to hip-hop audiences in Owners Illustrated and later Toyz Nation Magazines. This led to facilitating the diversification of underserved communities into computer-related STEAM Jobs. He also serves as CEO of Toyz Electronics, LLC a startup at the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. Toyz Electronics was recently a semifinalist for the BNY Mellon Social Innovation Challenge administered by Innovation Works.

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Damola Idowu is an innovator, author, journalist, songwriter, musician, engineer, entrepreneur, publisher, executive, educator, technologist, and performing artist, with 25 plus years of activity in the hip-hop community. He has commercialized and distributed millions of copies of multi-media products he created. These products will reach over 20,000 points of sale across 6 continents in over 30 countries. In the process, he was at several critical junctures in hip-hop history. He pioneered the intersection of Hip-Hop and comic books with Da Great Deity Dah. He pioneered the intersection of Hip-Hop and Business with the launch of Owners Illustrated Magazine. In that process, he created and trademarked the term Hustlenomics®. He also pioneered the coverage on the intersection of Hip-Hop and Technology. In 2004 he began introducing technology executives across several industries to hip-hop audiences in Owners Illustrated and later Toyz Nation Magazines. This led to facilitating the diversification of underserved communities into computer-related STEAM Jobs. He also serves as CEO of Toyz Electronics, LLC a startup at the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. Toyz Electronics was recently a semifinalist for the BNY Mellon Social Innovation Challenge administered by Innovation Works.
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Material Includes

  • Literature
  • Essays
  • Comic Book Panels
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Video Conference Software
  • Document Editing Software

Requirements

  • Chronicles Graphic Novel Textbook
  • Internet Connection
  • Tablet or Mobile Device

Target Audience

  • Students 13 and up
  • Writers
  • Creatives
  • Comic Book Lovers