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  • Item #: 022338
    ISBN: 9780980100594
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    This program can be used for Levels A, B or C. 30 lessons are included in a spiral-bound book with ready-made lesson plans, Scripture used as a subject for writing, and multi-level checklists. Each lesson provides a specific objective, at least two translations of Scripture, an assignment with checklists, and a space for the final copy to be written or pasted into the book, which creates a portfolio of the year's work. Checklists are provided for the three different levels. Sample compositions are plentiful, as well as vocabulary development and review exercises to strengthen understanding of stylistic techniques. The story of Noah forms the core of the first two units. Unit 3 focuses on sequencing and sources include the miracle at Cana, the parable of the talents, the story of Jonah, the Good Samaritan, and the Prodigal Son. Unit 4 lessons have students read and summarize Paul on Charity, Jesus' Miracles, Christ's Last Words, along with stylistic exercises taken from Psalms. Custom pictures have been created for Unit 5 lessons (Esther, Daniel, Nativity, Paul's conversion), and Unit 6 uses the synoptic gospels to teach multiple reference summarizing. With Unit 7, a few creative writing opportunities are suggested, and Unit 8 continues the five paragraph model with essays on Job's suffering, Christ's condemnation by Pilate, and the duties of a Christian. Unit 9 presents an analysis of the books of Ruth and Jonah, as well as the story of David and Goliath.



  • Item #: 051638
    ISBN: 9780984010875
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    IEW units-based writing lessons using the Holling C. Holling books and Beautiful Feet's Literature Approach to Geography as source texts. An excellent way to extend the cross-curriculum value of this study. Spiral-bound, ~ Janice

  • Item #: 011879
    ISBN: 9780985261191
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    Just what you need to develop writing lessons following IEW's TWSS seminar for parents/teachers. There are 39, short, one-page articles (reading level grades 1-4) which are simple to use and helpful for practice in note-taking, summarizing (Units I & II) and using dress-ups in the primary grades. Pages may be photocopied or laminated for home/classroom use.

  • Item #: 022339
    ISBN: 9781623410070
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    Having noticed that many students entering university do not know how to write, and seeing how the first grade students at his school were writing better stories than the fourth grade students caused James Webster to take action, resulting in this writing course. Wanting it to be useful for a wide range, the author has divided the course into eight stages. Each new stage builds upon the last, and for that reason he recommends beginning with unit one for all skill levels (primary through university) and working through each of the units in order. Yes, that is a wide range of levels; the author says the grades and units work best in the following way. Units one through three are appropriate for grade one. Grade two students should start with unit one in September and have completed unit five by June. Grade three should do units one through seven and grade four units one through nine in a similar time span. Higher grades complete all of the units, and when teaching this course to high school students, the first five units should be completed in ten weeks. In the higher grades, more time (at least a month per unit for the last half of the book) is recommended.

    So what about these eight different stages, what does the author begin with and how does he progress through the writing levels? Unit one starts with the basics of note taking and outlines. Unit two teaches summarizing from notes, skills of limiting in note taking, and adapting note taking and style. Unit three discusses summarizing narrative stories. Unit four focuses on summarizing references. In unit five, students learn writing from a series of pictures. Unit six covers library research reports and stressing the process, using a mini-book series. Unit seven looks at creative writing and in unit eight students reach the "pinnacle" of writing skills - essay writing and university essay writing. Unit nine contains critiques of narrative stories and novels and a final chapter about the writing syllabus. Although this is a book written for a classroom setting, it can be adapted to a homeschool fairly easily. For the younger grades, it is better for the teacher to read through the book, explain ideas and new skills, and assign work. Upper grade students can use the book directly, reading the text for themselves, discussing and working on projects as appropriate. A thorough "how to" resource, this volume teaches practical methods rather than just a philosophy. Examples crowd the pages, so students should always be able to pick up on the skill that is being taught. This is a very thorough course on structure and style and the definitive reference for TWSS teachers and those with advanced students. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 042670
    ISBN: 9780945045076
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    This reference provides a simple explanation of rules accompanied by clear examples for a variety of different punctuation marks. Starting with a brief look at the history and purpose of punctuation, the book is then organized into sections alphabetically, covering apostrophes, brackets, colons, commas, ellipses, em dashes, en dashes, exclamation points, parentheses, periods, question marks, semicolons, and slashes. Each section follows the same no-nonsense, black and white format. A rule for that type of punctuation is presented in bold type, followed by a few sentences illustrating that rule with the punctuation in bold. Any special notes for further clarification are included where appropriate. Recommended by the Institute for Excellence in Writing, this guide is helpful to read straight through or to keep on hand as a quick reference. 71 pgs, index included.

  • Item #: 016673
    ISBN: 9780985261146
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    The three DVDs in this set from the Institute for Excellence in Writing aim to help upper high school and college students improve their communications and information processing skills. Each DVD is 90 to 100 minutes long and is accompanied by a CD-ROM with student seminar handouts, teacher's notes, and more (access to a downloadable booklet with the same content as the CD-ROM is also included, but no print booklet is included with this product).

    Covers planning and writing a persuasive paper. Beginning with selection of a topic, the focus is on moving the reader or listener to your point of view. The first half of the tape deals primarily with a paper, while the second half coaches the student on public speaking techniques.

    Speaker Andrew Pudewa demonstrates a flexible "stick and branch" approach to note taking. He believes this is a more effective method of understanding complicated ideas taken from text or lectures. Mastering this technique can make a big difference in school and work performance.

    A basic model is presented which can be adapted to a variety of needs. The author also provides a method for identifying the preferences of the teacher and modifying the writing style to appeal to the teacher.

  • Item #: 020436
    ISBN: 9781888344059
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    Maybe Dave Marks can't grade all our Writing Strands assignments, but his book will help. Common writing problems and how to fix them are discussed. The bulk of the book is devoted to reviewing assignments actually written by students, with commentary about the writing and what steps the teacher should take. How to correct problems like repeating words, "Dick and Jane" writing, ambiguity, tense errors, sentence fragments and run-ons, and a wide variety of other writing weaknesses are addressed. The book first shows a rough draft a student has written and then includes remarks the parent or teacher has made. Both the draft and the remarks are commented on so parents can see how best to evaluate all different types of writing. The book recommends that comments made on student writing be straightforward and to the point. Evaluation is provided for using Writing Strands 2 - 5 for grades 2 - 8, although this book could be used as a teacher resource regardless of the curriculum used. Now get that red pencil out! 96 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 019933
    ISBN: 9781888344028
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    Teaches high school seniors expository writing through 13 varied exercises. It focuses on teaching the academic papers that colleges require. Activities include using all the facilities in a library and arranging a mass of information, writing various argument essays, writing a compare/contrast essay, supporting hypothesizes, reaction papers, biased papers, propaganda, term papers, reviews on magazines, and more. The exercise format varies depending on the type of writing but generally takes writers through steps they need to take to develop strong papers. Pitfalls to avoid, organization, where to get information, writing styles, and more are covered. A good portion of the book is composed of examples of finished papers following the same outline the book describes. By comparing their own writing to that in the book, students can see how and where they need to improve. Appendix includes explanations of the expository writing process, a section on the SAT II writing test, essay prompts, and how to avoid writing problems. By Dave Marks, author of Writing Strands. 146 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 046917
    ISBN: 9780980100532
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    The IEW writing lessons are an excellent way to augment learning in one area – in this instance economics. There are 23 lessons covering the skills in all nine units at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Lesson material includes economic principles and theory, business practices, and entrepreneurialism with both U.S. and International scenarios. Teacher and student material is in one book. ~ Janice



  • Item #: 041244
    ISBN: 9780977986040
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    Would you like to combine writing lessons with quality biographical information that inspires and challenges your students? The twenty-four lessons in this course take you systematically through the various structure-building and stylistic skills associated with TWSS. Each of the nine TWSS units has 2-3 lessons featuring source texts from the lives of Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln, and St. Francis of Assisi. Also included are lessons on the key virtues of a strong character and the responsibilities of a Christian. Each lesson includes a checklist of the various elements to be included in the final written product. The lessons build upon previous lessons. Spaces for outlines (required for most writing assignments) are included in the workbook, but most students will find it more convenient to use separate paper. ~ Janice



  • Item #: 005183
    ISBN: 9781888344080
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    Recommended for grades 5+ if continuing in the Writing Strands program, or grades 9-10 if just beginning.

  • Item #: 024857
    ISBN: 9781429679626
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) You can tell readers how much an elephant eats. You can reveal key moments in Babe Ruth's life. You can list facts about Mars, airplanes, or Halloween. You can write excellent reports!
  • Item #: 005182
    ISBN: 9781888344097
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    Use after Writing Strands 3. You might start here if your 6+ grader likes to write.

  • Item #: 042557
    ISBN: 9780977986095
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    Combining writing lessons with science is a very efficient use of time. Writing about something helps you learn it, or it can be more "up a student's alley" because science is a high interest topic. It can also convert a strong high school science course into an "honors" course. For all of these reasons, this course may work for your. The authors, Peter Swett and Danielle Olander (father and daughter), make no attempt to hide that they believe in a Creator God who fashioned a marvelous world out of nothing. In fact, they sought interesting stories and evidence of design and purpose in nature for resource texts. The lessons provide instruction and practice in all nine units of Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. Lessons are designed to be completed one per week. This volume is written to teacher and students (copies can be made for students in a family or classroom). ~ Janice



  • Item #: 049916
    ISBN: 9781623411367
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    Hmmm. I think you would call this series of DVD lectures "in-service training". Don't we need a certain number of credits each year? Oh, wait! I'm getting us homeschoolers confused with the other guys. Nevertheless, these are wonderful lectures. From Andrew Pudewa's description of the four arts of language (yes, just four, not the umpteen that we normally think of) – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – to Andrew Kern's lost tools of writing, these lectures are inspiring; they're insightful; and they're practical. The Christian, classical home educator will find herself recommitted to the development of strong language skills in her children as well as better able to facilitate that development. The three DVD set provides five lectures plus a question and answer period with both Andrews. Lectures: The Four Language Arts, The Five Paths to Great Writing, The Distinctives of Classical Rhetoric, Developing the Essayist, and Assessment. Handouts to the lectures can be downloaded from the IEW website. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 027156
    ISBN: 9780980100556
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    A perfect partnership! Both Starting Points and the writing curricula from the Institute for Excellence in Writing teach through asking questions. This set of informative and imaginative lesson plans incorporating all the writing assignments from Starting Points is an excellent way to inspire your student to join the "great conversation. There are 24 writing lessons covering IEW units 1-9; appropriate for both junior high and high school students. These lessons can also be used for Level B. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 001831
    ISBN: 9781888344127
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  • Item #: 003786
    ISBN: 9781888344103
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    You'll probably begin here if your student is in grades 3-7 and just starting the program.

  • Item #: 005184
    ISBN: 9781888344066
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    Recommended with grades 6 and up if continuing in the program, or 11th grade if just beginning.

  • Item #: 005185
    ISBN: 9781888344073
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    Recommended with grades 7 and up if continuing in the program, or 12th grade if just beginning.

  • Item #: 035997
    ISBN: 9780977986033
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    For years, teachers and aspiring writers have asked Lee Roddy (author of "Grizzly Adams," countless short stories, and over 50 novels) to compile a guide from his 20 years of convention seminars. This is that much-anticipated guide. Whether adults use this book to instruct young students or utilize the guidelines to write a best-selling short story or novel of their own, the practical system for writing laid out in this guide will be beneficial. This is not a workbook, and it's not very fancy either, but it lays out a straightforward approach to writing which has been proven to work for the author and many others. It's filled with tips, outlines, suggestions, and rules for writing techniques that will get students to write proper stories and enjoy it as well. The guide begins with a helpful introduction that tells teachers how to use the book and then contains eight lessons on ideas, story building, objectives, obstacles, outcome, characters, plots, and scenes. Goals and the importance of these eight story aspects, outlines, ideas for writing, examples, and so much more are included in each lesson. The end of each lesson also includes a few short-answer questions and a simple writing assignment that will help them use what they have just learned in their own writing. An encouraging conclusion is also included in the guide, with the author giving final tips for making sure your writing is strong and successful. A handy guide presenting a solid method for writing fictional stories. 88 pgs.

  • Item #: 025268
    ISBN: 9781930443730
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    A twenty-six week course covering John Herschel, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Johann Kepler, Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, Carolus Linnaeus, Michael Faraday, Samuel Morse, Charles Babbage, Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, and George Washington Carver.

  • Item #: 037559
    ISBN: 9780984549627
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    Think it might be fun to learn a little history from the land "down under"? This writing course will give you that option – or it could be used to supplement a full-blown Australian history course (there's a book and movie resource list in the back). Either way you'll find this course to be an interesting way to learn and practice the IEW writing skills – note taking, writing from notes, summarizing narrative stories, summarizing references, writing stories from pictures, research reports, creative writing, essay composition, and writing reviews/critiques as well as their stylistic elements. There are 2-4 lessons for each of these units (23 lessons total) that cover history, animals, landmarks and biographical sketches – all pertinent to Australia. Lessons typically include the objective, a source text(s), specific instruction about both structure and style skills, and a check sheet. The consumable text is written to the student and could be used as a sequel to the Student Writing Intensive or as a beginning writing course if the teacher/parent has viewed the Teaching Writing Structure & Style course. Note: the Australian author uses the British spelling of some words (i.e. summarising). 140 pgs, spiral-bound ~ Janice
  • Item #: 022394
    ISBN: 9780984549603
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    Do you have a writer in your home? Someone who always has a good story floating around in his head and is eager to "get it out?" Lee Roddy, author of more than 50 novels, has a passion for helping young writers move from that "wannabe" stage. Published by IEW, this does not follow the IEW pattern. It's more like participating in a one-on-one training session with the author. Writing directly and conversationally to the student, in each chapter Mr. Roddy first shares his insight and wisdom on the topic, then provides a checklist so the student can be sure of his understanding of the discussion. Then the student is invited to pick up her pen and do a bit of writing, applying the instruction. Chapters include characters, specific novel genres (i.e. suspense, romance, mystery, etc.), plot development, scenes, researching/interviewing, and marketing. Thorough to the end, Mr. Roddy even includes a section on recent changes in the book industry. Highschoolers will be able to work through this course on their own but will, undoubtedly, appreciate encouragement from the parent's corner. It could be used either as the composition portion of any year's English credit or as a special (i.e. senior?) project. 139 pgs, spiral-bound ~ Janice

  • Item #: 025267
    ISBN: 9781930443747
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    A 30 week course with text covering the following composers: Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Joplin, and Copland.

  • Item #: 008158
    ISBN: 9781588343499
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    Are you planning a field trip to the Smithsonian? Or would you rather take a virtual trip from the comfort of your own home? Either way, this guide's got you covered! This interactive guidebook is full of helpful information and hands-on activities designed just for kids. The book covers the three most visited Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.: the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of American History. The guide for each museum begins with a checklist of things to see and a map. Then it proceeds to highlights of the museum's collections—and many fun activities you can do either at the museum or at home. The book is packed with colorful captioned photos and illustrations that will hold kids' interests. It also includes behind-the-scenes stories about museum treasures, pop quizzes/brain-teasing questions, journal pages to write about your Smithsonian visit, and places to draw your favorite finds. Some examples of activities to do at the museums include spotting specific planes at the Air and Space Museum, sketching favorite arthropods at the National Museum of Natural History, and awarding prizes to First Ladies' dresses at the National Museum of American History. There are also plenty of projects to do at home, like making paper airplanes, starting a rock collection, and designing your own flag. For further research, the book even includes QR codes to scan with your smart phone. (Web addresses are listed in the back of the book.) A colorful, dynamic guide that will get your kids excited about the museum. 127 pgs, spiral pb. ~ Lisa
  • Item #: 007011
    ISBN: 9781557996046
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    So, you'd like your children to write or journal everyday, but you are a little short on topics. Have no fear! n this one, multi-grade book are 300 Quickwrite topics, 209 story starters & titles and 151 reproducible writing forms! All this, PLUS it's organized by month, so you can use seasonally-correct ideas (I just coined that word). For every month, there's a full-page, seasonal picture (which can be copied and colored by your younger children) along with a writing idea, a calendar-formatted page filled with one Quickwrite topic per day, a page full of story starters and Titles, and 10+ reproducible "write on" pages. These latter pages are especially good, with appropriate graphics, lines to write on, and well-conceived ideas. The authors took a lot of time and effort to come up with these, and it shows. This is an excellent resource you will use again and again.

  • Item #: 005181
    ISBN: 9781888344462
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    This level is mainly for the teacher. It is a fun and amusing collection of oral games and exercises to motivate and interest children in the use of language. Includes CD.

  • Item #: 001777
    ISBN: 9781930443105
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    40 fables for use with Teaching Writing Structure & Style Units I & II (Grades 3-6 & up)
  • Item #: 055766
    ISBN: 9781623410872
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    There's a lot of versatility in this short course on creative writing a la IEW methodology. There are ten lessons (each will take one to three class periods/days). Lessons have three parts: learning about some aspect of writing stories and assigning homework stories, doing an in-class writing assignment to practice what was just learned, and reading aloud homework stories to each other with time for feedback. This book is written to the teacher, but most of the pages are for the student. These can be reproduced for a family or classroom. Instruction progresses from planning/writing a seven-sentence story to rewriting a fable in their own words, using pictures to write a story, point of view, creating memorable characters, crafting dialogue, writing scenes, creating conflict, recognizing satisfactory endings, starting, and revising. The purchaser is entitled to a downloadable copy of the Pictures for Unit 5 e-book (downloading instructions are included).

    Very flexible, this course could be used as a creative writing unit during the school year or as a special summer unit. You could also go through the entire course once a year for several years using alternate assignments or take 3-4 days per lesson rather than the 1-2 expected. This last option would allow your student to practice writing more stories. 96 pgs, spiral-bound. ~ Janice

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