About the Teacher’s Seminar:
This video seminar is our primary offering for teachers and parents presenting a system of structural models (narrative, essay, report, etc.) and stylistic techniques (e.g., strong verbs, quality adjectives, and a variety of sentence openers) applicable for students of all ages and aptitudes.
The set includes the full teacher training course on nine DVDs, along with four demonstration lessons showing the first step of the process being taught to students at four different grade levels—an enjoyable jump start with Structure & Style. The accompanying Seminar Workbook becomes your syllabus and teaching manual.
Unlike many creative writing programs, this more classical system stresses modeling and builds a firm foundation of specific skills. As students practice each format and master each technique, they develop confidence—and consequently creativity. Even the youngest student can gain a sense of structure and a repertoire of style; high school or university students will see instant improvement in their written communication.
This program allows for easy customization, effective implementation, and concise grading. After learning it yourself, you will be able to communicate to students exactly what is expected of them as they master new skills one step at a time. You will learn how to teach your students to outline and summarize, add style to their writing, create stories, produce reports, write critiques, develop essays, analyze literature, and put into writing the information they have hidden in their brains. Assignments can be integrated with content areas of history, geography, science, religion, literature, etc.
Teaching Writing: Structure & Style is easy to implement. Simply watch the first disc of your teacher’s seminar and then present that lesson to your student. TheSeminar Workbook has sample assignments and ideas to help you. Once you and your student master the material from the first disc, watch and teach another. To aid you in the teaching of the first lesson, view the Student Workshop at the appropriate level. (For more student lessons on DVD, see the Student Writing Intensive Courses .)
About the Student Workshops:
Included with this seminar are four student workshops. Each one shows Andrew Pudewa demonstrating the first writing lesson at each of four levels. (Note: for more in-depth modeling of teaching through the entire syllabus, see the Student Writing Intensive Courses and Student Continuation Courses).
The Primary Workshop (Level P) teaches 1–2nd graders to create a key word outline from a short paragraph and then use the outline to write their own paragraph. Students are also taught how to use substitutes for said. (about 40 minutes)
The Elementary Workshop (Level A) shows 3–5th graders how to create a key word outline from a paragraph and then shows them how to use their outline to write. Additionally the students are taught how to “dress-up” their writing with adverbs and strong verbs. They are also shown how they can be creative by changing the details in their story and how to create a memorable title. (about 95 minutes)
The Intermediate Workshop instructs 6th–8th graders (Level B) how to create a key word outline from a short report and write a paragraph. They too are shown how to dress up their writing with adverbs, noun clauses, strong verbs and more. Choosing a title is also discussed. (about 95 minutes)
The Advanced Workshop, for grades 9 and above (Level C), not only presents how to create a key word outline from a report, but also shows students how to take notes from a live lecture. Students then learn effective ways to write their paragraph and to use these skills to study effectively. The style of using a variety of sentence openers is explained before the presentation of the writing assignment. (about 100 minutes)
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"Thanks to IEW, my oldest son loves to get writing assignments!"
"Hello, I'm a mom of 4. IEW has saved our family!"
Back in 2001, my kids were in 7th, 5th, and 2nd grades. I wanted to teach them how to write well, but every writing curriculum I looked at or tried seemed to just tell students what to write without teaching them how. Most started with the dreaded blank page and no instruction on how to fill it up. Needless to say, we were all getting frustrated!
Finally, I found out about IEW and decided to give it a try. I am a big picture person, so I sat and watched the entire TWSS in the evenings throughout a couple of weeks. The more I watched, the more excited I became! I couldn’t wait to get started! I finally had the tools I needed to teach my children how to write!
We started, and units 1 and 2 were incredibly successful! My two older kids took off with it and were writing several paragraphs a week, enjoying the challenge of coming up with the stylistic techniques.I loved how IEW did not separate writing from other subjects, but rather was a tool to help them learn. We found that writing about what we were learning helped us master the material much more effectively.
The kids were building impressive writing notebooks bursting full of structural model sheets, style words and examples, key word outlines, and final copies of their compositions. All the tools they needed to write well were in those notebooks. It was great to be able to assign an essay and know that they knew exactly what steps to take to write one. It was also such a joy to go back and read their compositions and see how far they had progressed!
Eventually we started using other IEW materials. The kids always looked forward to Andrew teaching them through dvds, and we also especially enjoyed using the history theme based writing lessons and Windows to the World. I have never seen an easier way to learn how to write a literary analysis essay. I would have never been able to teach my kids how to do this well without the Windows course!
Our two older kids are now in college and have been able to easily write all their papers and get excellent grades. They are both so thankful for all they have learned and for having the tools to write any type of paper.
I always say that IEW is, by far, the best homeschool money I have ever spent! Earlier this year I became an accredited registered IEW instructor, am now teaching IEW co-op classes, and plan to become certified soon. It is so rewarding to see how well my students are progressing and how excited they are to find out that they really can learn to write well!
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