• Mr. Lawrence
    Craig Lawrence
    Creative Writing, Modern Poetry, Senior Rhetoric
    Room: G180, English Office
    *For course news and assignments contact
    Dr. Lawrence or visit his Synergy ParentVue page or class Google site.
    Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) B.A.
    Saint Xavier University (Chicago, IL) M.A.
    Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Ed.D
    Battey National Educator of the Year Award (finalist 2012)
    Student Excellence Foundation Distiguished Educator Award (2018)
    Track & Field volunteer assistant coach
    Cross Country assistant coach
    Bass Fishing Club coach
    Literary magazine co-sponsor
    Future Educators Club co-sponsor
    Important class info (password): tigers
    Our textbook is available online at my.hrw.com 
    Our turnitin.com class ID for SR RHET PERIOD 4: 23153581 (password: tigers)
    Our turnitin.com class ID for SR RHET PERIOD 5: 23153600 (password: tigers) 
    Creative Writing, Modern Poetry, and Senior Rhetoric


    Welcome!  These classes provide students with many opportunities to explore their own potential through writing, discussion, workshops, and conferencing with peers.  In Creative Writing and Senior Rhetoric, the course goal is "to write the best piece you have ever written."  We will write short stories, poems, satire, and a one-act plays in Creative Writing.  We will write a variety of essays in Senior Rhetoric to prepare students for college and beyond.  In Modern Poetry students will learn to annotate and analyze poetry; students will explore the question, "Why is poetry important?"  


    In Senior Rhetoric, the goal is to write the best essay you have ever written.

    In Creative Writing, the goal is to discover your creative potential.

    In Poetry, the goal is to find a poem or poet that moves you and learn the role of poetry.



    Please understand that these are challenging classes that require dedication.  You can expect to be writing, reading, or discussing each day.

    • Student should see class as an opportunity and not an obligation
    • Students should be on time, prepared, and respectful
    • Student should not be afraid to take risks or ask for help


    Your Grade:

    Your grade will be based on summative assessments where you will demonstrate what you know and can do in relation to clear standards/benchmarks. You may be asked to revise assessments until you meet levels of proficiency/mastery. 


    *Grades, assignments, notes, and class news will be updated online.  For up-to-the-minute grade reports or information about student progress, students and parents are encouraged to contact the teacher via phone or email.


    • Chromebook
    • A notebook and folder for notes, brainstorms, writing exercises, and journaling

    Craig Lawrence

    Wk. Ph. 630-784-7200 ext. 8687


    Please check the English Department Policies for other helpful information.