IEW Writing Classes

About the Classes

All classes are small group, with up to eight students per class. This size allows for group interaction and sharing of ideas among students, as well as individual attention from the teacher. Classes meet in Holly’s home classroom in Temecula. All classes are 55 minutes in length and meet once a week.

Additional classes will be added as needed, so if the times listed don’t work for you, please let me know what does, and I will try to open a class that meets your needs.

Writing Classes (based on Andrew Pudewa’s Institute for Excellence in Writing Program)

Writing is one of the most difficult subjects to teach. Students find themselves staring helplessly at a blank sheet of paper without any idea where to begin. Well-meaning parents and teachers often rely on subjective measures of “what sounds right” in trying to guide young writers to improve their writing.

In this class, students are given source materials so they always know what to write about (no more, “I don’t know what to write!”), and they learn specific techniques for improving their writing style. Using models and checklists, they always know exactly what is expected of them in their writing assignments, leading to more independent writing.

During this eight-week course, students learn how to create key word outlines, a valuable skill that helps them in writing and note taking in all content areas.

Students learn to use “dress ups” and “sentence openers,” specific stylistic techniques that add variety to sentence structure.

Using models and checklists for daily writing, students learn a “formula” for good writing, taking the guesswork out of an often bewildering subject.

Grades 4 and up

$125 for eight weeks

Four levels of writing classes are offered:

Writing I (for students new to the IEW program)

This class is an introduction to the IEW program. Students learn the basics of creating key word outlines and learn the first six dress ups. This beginning class covers Units I, II, and IV in the IEW program.

$125 for eight weeks

Next class begins Wednesday, September 6, 2017,  9:00-9:55 am

 

Writing II (for students who have taken my Writing I class, or its equivalent)

This class builds on the skills learned in the Writing I class, with more emphasis on fiction writing. Students continue to use dress ups learned in the beginning class, and start learning and adding sentence openers. Writing II covers Units III and V in the IEW program.

$125 for eight weeks

 

Writing III (for students who have taken my Writing I and II classes, or their equivalent)

This class builds on the skills learned in the Writing I and II classes. Students will write a five-paragraph report using three sources, and another five-paragraph essay “taking notes from their brain.” Students learn how to write an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph. Students continue to use dress ups and sentence openers learned in Writing I and Writing II, and are introduced to the decorations. Writing III covers Units VI and VII in the IEW program.

$125 for eight weeks

 

Writing IV (for students who have taken my Writing I, II, and III classes, or their equivalent)

This class builds on the skills learned in the Writing I, II, and III classes. Students will write a five-paragraph critique (book report), and a five paragraph persuasive essay. Writing IV covers Units VIII and IX in the IEW program.

NEW: Ancient History-Based IEW Writing Class

In this class, students will practice IEW style writing (based on Andrew Pudewa’s Institute for Excellence in Writing program) using ancient history-based writing lessons.  This is a great class for students who have some IEW experience and want to continue reviewing and practicing writing from a source and using key word outlines, dress ups, and openers.

The text sources in this class are ancient history-based, so students will learn some history and vocabulary while focusing on becoming skilled, confident, independent writers.

Class is recommended for grades 4 and up, and best for students who have some IEW Writing experience.

Classes begin September 2017

 

 

 

 Holly is an approved vendor for River Springs, Harbor Springs, Sage Oak, Valiant, Excel, Julian, Sky Mountain, Mountain Peak, Inspire, and Dehesa Charter Schools.

For more information or to enroll your student, call Holly at 951-302-0540 or email at holly.dodson@verizon.net