Intermediate Writing

This course is designed to take middle and high school students through the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Structure and Style Level B course. This course is designed to strengthen each student’s writing skills through applying the stylistic techniques such as dress ups, sentence openers, and decorations at a more advanced level. With the use of key word outlines, students will be able to compose orderly and cohesive paragraphs, organized stories, and 5 paragraph essays. Through IEW’s incremental and sequential approach, students will develop skills in gathering information and organizing and presenting facts and ideas.

Description

  • Course Title: Intermediate Writing
  • Mentor-Teacher: Laura Lee
  • Course length: 32 weeks
  • Class Fee payable to: Laura Lee, $75/month
  • Material Fee: $15, one time only
  • Questions: laura.kath.lee@gmail.com
  • Contacting the Teacher: Email Laura Lee
  • Minimum Class Size: 4
  • Shelter-in-Place: Same fees apply

Course Description:

This course is designed to take middle and high school students through the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Structure and Style Level B course. This course is designed to strengthen each student’s writing skills through applying the stylistic techniques such as dress ups, sentence openers, and decorations at a more advanced level. With the use of key word outlines, students will be able to compose orderly and cohesive paragraphs, organized stories, and 5 paragraph essays. 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 * summarizing multiple references
  • note-making and outlines * inventive writing
  • retelling narrative stories * formal essay models
  • summarizing a reference * formal critique
  • writing from pictures * topic sentences and clinchers

Required Texts and Materials List:

  • IEW Student Resource Notebook
  • IEW Fix-it Grammar Book 3: Frog Prince, or Just Desserts Binder 8 ½ X 11, at least 1 ½ “ deep
  • Ruled paper Notebook dividers (5) Pencil/pen

Course Requirements/Workload:

Class work will include the following: a short grammar exercise, practice with dress ups, sentence openers, and decorations, and ongo-ing practice and review of composing cohesive and organized paragraphs and essays.

Required homework will include the following: copywork, 1-5 paragraph assignments, and revisions.

Class Expectations:

Attendance and punctuality. Please be in class on time, ready to start, and prepared for the day’s material, putting distractions aside so we can all glean the most benefit 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 discussion – have a willing heart and mind to learn.

Completion of assignments – all work should be completed neatly and reflect your best efforts.

You will work on your own with your parent’s help as needed during the week. If at any time you should need help, I will expect you to call or email me so you can receive the help you need.

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 improve your writing skills and confidence.

Assessment System:

Parent involvement in discussion and evaluation of students’ 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 Laura Lee an email.

Come to the first class having completed the following:

Write a 1-5 paragraph paper on any topic you choose without parental corrections or guidance. Use the stylistic techniques learned in IEW Level 1 to the best of your ability. In case you have forgotten, email me and I will send you a checklist.