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Student Writing Intensive Continuation Course: Level C, paperback with CD rom Paperback – February 1, 2012
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This set of lessons picks up where the Student Writing Intensive left off and advances writing strength. Students continue to use the same notebook and charts, learning new models and techniques not previously presented in the SWI. Contained on the CD-ROM for easy access and printing are the source material for each lesson, checklists, lesson plans, grading sheets, and student samples. The lesson plans provide for one to two years worth of instruction for your student. Contains • Nine DVDs of video instruction by Andrew Pudewa, recorded live in front of a group of age-appropriate students • One CD-ROM with the Teacher’s Manual, 10-Class Handouts, and Student Samples • Student Packet: Nearly 200 pages of 3-hole punched, loose-leaf handouts that contain 32 weeks or more of writing assignments lasting 1–2 years for one student. (additional student packets available separately as hardcopies or in e-book form) Prerequisites: This course assumes that the student has completed the Student Writing Intensive either live or on video or has had equivalent instruction.
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The printed pages include almost everything the teacher and one student would need to do the assignments. (For additional students, IEW requests you purchase student pages for a nominal fee. If they're not on Amazon, they are available on IEW's website). The beginning pages have fully detailed charts of the contents of each DVD, concepts presented in each lesson, student handouts for that lesson, and the homework assignment for each lesson. Another page explains how the student should organize his or her notebook for this class. The remainder of the pages include handouts, sample stories of the writing style being studied, and a very detailed checklist/grading sheet for each assignment which gives the number of points each element of the writing style is worth. If a student scores less than 90 of the 100 possible points, the paper should be revised and resubmitted.
The basic precept of IEW follows the five paragraph paper: introduction, three body paragraphs, conclusion. Since several styles are covered in Levels A and B, Level C teaches biographical essay, interview essay, event essay, fables in famous authors' styles, persuasive essay, personal essay, letter to an editor, and a super essay. Where applicable, a minimum of three sources are required, using proper bibliography form, quotations, and footnotes. Emphasis is placed on varying types of sentence openers, using interesting vocabulary, grabbing the reader's attention, using a topic sentence for each paragraph and then restating it in a different way as the last sentence of the paragraph, and stating the most important fact or opinion within the conclusion.
While IEW Level C has elements that all writers should know and use, the system and some nomenclature are unique. I do not recommend using this course unless the student (and teacher or homeschooling parent) has completed IEW Levels A and B or the beginning courses IEW publishes for younger students. Without that background, you won't fully understand all of the terms--for instance, IEW's sentence opener numbers ("1" is subject/verb, "2" is prepositional phrase, "3" is adverb, etc.), FANBOYS (prepositions), [...] (adverbs).
I do highly recommend the IEW writing courses at all ages. As a homeschooling parent, I've been teaching and helping my kids with this curriculum for several years. It beats the other methods my older kids had in private and public school, as well as other popular homeschool curriculum. We supplemented in elementary to middle school with Winston Grammar, Vocabulary From Classical Roots, and Wordly Wise vocabulary in order to learn all the aspects of writing. IEW's website has additional support for parents and teachers. Since writing is the most important skill needed in academic courses, I feel that as a result of this course my daughter will be fully prepared to write for all of her classes in college...and everything else she writes the rest of her life.