Elementary Beginning Writing

This course is designed to take elementary and middle school students through the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Structure and Style course. This course, which stresses modeling through note-taking, writing from notes, writing from pictures, and creative writing incorporates the various IEW’s style and techniques such as dress ups, varied sentence openers, and decorations. With the use of key word outlines, students will be able to compose orderly and cohesive paragraphs and organized stories.

Through IEW’s incremental and sequential approach, students will develop skills in gathering information and organizing and presenting facts and ideas.

Description

  • Course Title: Elementary Beginning Writing
  • Mentor-Teacher: Laura Lee
  • Course Length: 32 Weeks
  • Class Fee Payable to: Laura Lee, $75/mont Materials Fee: $15, one time only Questions: laura.kath.lee@gmail.com
  • Contacting the Teacher: Email Laura Lee
  • Minimum Class Size: 4
  • Shelter-in-Place: All Fees will stay the same

Course Description:

This course is designed to take elementary and middle school students through the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Structure and Style course. This course, which stresses modeling through note-taking, writing from notes, writing from pictures, and creative writing incorporates the various IEW’s style and techniques such as dress ups, varied sentence openers, and decorations. With the use of key word outlines, students will be able to compose orderly and cohesive paragraphs and organized stories.

Through IEW’s incremental and sequential approach, students will develop skills in gathering information and organizing and presenting facts and ideas.

Course Topics:

  • grammar skills
  • note-making and outlines
  • retelling narrative stories
  • summarizing a reference
  • writing from pictures
  • writing from notes
  • summarizing multiple references
  • inventive writing
  • topic sentences
  • clinchers
  • formal critique

Requirements/Prerequisites:

Students must be able to write a simple paragraph ( 3-5 sentences ), identify the parts of a sentence, and the various parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, etc.

Required Texts and Materials List:

  • IEW Student Resource Notebook
  • IEW Fix-it Grammar: Robin Hood ( Student Book 2 ) Binder 8 1/2 X 11, at least 1 1/2” deep
  • Ruled Paper Notebook dividers (5) Pen-cil/Pen

Course Requirements/Workload:

Each week homework will include: copywork, key word outlines, rough or final drafts, and any necessary revisions. Students should 1 be prepared to write 1-3 paragraphs, practicing what was learned and modeled during class. Writing assignments will lengthen as the 2 year progresses. 3

Class Expectations:

  • Please be in class on time, ready to start, and prepared for the day’s instruction, putting aside all distractions so we can all glean 6 the most from our time together. Please let the instructor know, as soon as possible, if you are planning on being absent so we can discuss what you would like to do about the assignments.
  • Participation in class discussions – have a willing heart to mind and learn.
  • Completion of assignments – all work should be completed neatly and reflect your best efforts.
  • Work independently,- ask for help if needed.

As your instructor I am committed to providing instruction, examples, modeling of new material, and encouragement to you. I will be evaluating your work. If you have any questions, I encourage you to ask them during class or contact me during the week. My goal is  to work with you, forming a team to provide your skills and confidence.

Assessment System:

Parent involvement is discussion and evaluation of student’s work is a priority. Teachers will be available to parents as needed, to assist in evaluating performance against priorities, answer questions, or simply be sounding boards for discussion. The student will have a portfolio of their work at the end of the course. We want to do everything we can to assist you in this endeavor.

Contacting the Teacher:

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to send me an email

Come to the first class having completed the following:

Write a five-sentence paragraph on any topic you choose without any parental assistance. If you have never written a paragraph, write five sentences to the best of your ability not be graded or returned to the student. It is for assessment purposes only.